Gov. Rick Scott’s education team is promising a “historic” increase in per-student spending in Florida schools next year.
But to do that, Scott’s advisers want to shift more of the burden of paying for schools from the state to local homeowners through higher property taxes, setting up a new confrontation with the Republican-controlled Senate.
“I cannot support this,” said Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, who chairs a Senate budget panel that will help write the education budget. “I don’t think it’s right or fair for Tallahassee politicians to reach around and pat themselves and each other on the back about record per-pupil funding and then make local school boards do the heavy lifting.”
Gaetz is a former school board member and elected school superintendent in Okaloosa County.