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Dorothy Hukill, Travis Hutson K-12 funding formula study

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A pair of Republican state senators sent a letter to President Joe Negron Tuesday asking for a study of the funding formula for Florida’s K-12 schools. Dorothy Hukill of Port Orange and Travis Hutson of St. Augustine wrote that they see the District Cost Differential (DCD) as unfair to some school districts. That’s because the formula reduces some district allotments while increasing others, “as opposed to simply adding funds to districts that qualify for more money.” “Since the DCD is the last…

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Rick Scott talks budget, jobs—but not medical marijuana

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Gov. Rick Scott talked about education and tourism funding and job training in the upcoming Special Session but did not mention medical marijuana. Scott spoke briefly with reporters outside an Enterprise Florida meeting in Tallahassee Friday, a few hours after he appeared with legislative leaders in Miami to announce a Special Session next Wednesday-Friday. “I’ve been talking about this for about seven years now,” he said. “I kept talking about it, and we figured out a way to make sure it’s a…

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Democrats issue statement on education funding

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In response to Speaker Richard Corcoran’s pledge to increase funding for education, two Democratic ranking members called the statement “encouraging.” State Rep. Larry Lee Jr. of Port St. Lucie, the ranking member on the Pre-K-12 Appropriations Subcommittee, and state Rep. Shevrin Jones of West Park, ranking member on the Education Committee, issued a statement Monday morning. “Ensuring every child has access to a quality public education has been neglected for too long when it should always be a top priority of this…

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Larry Cretul warns Charlie Crist’s vetoes threaten state’s bond rating

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House Speaker Larry Cretul (R- Ocala) released the following statement regarding Governor Charlie Crist’s budget vetoes: “With the realities of today’s economic challenges, the Legislature had to make difficult decisions in order to responsibly balance the state’s budget. “Unlike the Congress, the Florida Legislature is constitutionally obligated to balance our budget, and therefore spending priorities must be set. In spite of a $3 billion shortfall this year, the House worked to maintain level school funding and put our children’s classrooms…

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Larry Cretul warns Charlie Crist’s vetoes threaten state’s bond rating

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House Speaker Larry Cretul (R- Ocala) released the following statement regarding Governor Charlie Crist’s budget vetoes: “With the realities of today’s economic challenges, the Legislature had to make difficult decisions in order to responsibly balance the state’s budget. “Unlike the Congress, the Florida Legislature is constitutionally obligated to balance our budget, and therefore spending priorities must be set. In spite of a $3 billion shortfall this year, the House worked to maintain level school funding and put our children’s classrooms…

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