Florida schools facing new money crunch

Published: Thursday, January 7, 2010 at 11:53 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 7, 2010 at 11:53 a.m.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida's public schools are facing a money crunch due to an unexpected enrollment increase of 12,300 students.

That will cut funding by $14 per student to $6,863.09.

Florida School Boards Association executive director Wayne Blanton said Thursday the grim economy is to blame because there's an almost direct correlation to enrollment declines in private schools.

Blanton said his organization will ask state lawmakers for about $20 million to make up the difference.

Otherwise, it'll mean dipping into what few reserves remain or spending cuts for such things as supplies, books, field trips and utilities. Blanton said teachers can't be laid off during the school year because they are under contract.

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