Exclusive: Superintendent Weighs In On Billion Dollar Boost To Schools

by Jana Eschbach / CBS12 News

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. -- Governor Rick Scott is promising a $1.25 billion boost to education funding in his 2013 budget. The Republican Legislature and Senate are poised to give him the 'go' on it, but local districts say that won't come close to solving their serious financial crunches.

CBS12's Jana Eschbach sat down one-on-one with the St. Lucie County schools superintendent to talk 'dollars and common sense.'

The breakdown from the new education budget:
A billion dollar boost for educators, with a $2,500 built-in raise for teachers.

The $10.7 billion public schools budget proposal, an increase of $1.25 billion includes:

$480 million for across-the-board $2,500 pay raises for classroom teachers.
$297 million to shore up an unfunded liability for teacher pensions in the Florida Retirement System.
$118 million to cover the cost of an additional 20,000 more Florida public school students.
$100 million for classroom technology.
$74.9 million for school safety.

"When you are hungry for crumbs--don't get me wrong, a billion dollars is big money, but we are not even back to 2007 levels of funding," said St. Lucie County School Superintendent Michael Lannon.

Read full story and watch video here.

  • comments are particularly iroinc given a new audit released just before Christmas on Jefferson County Public Schools, the largest system by far in the state. The audit found massive

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