Crist proposed $22.7 billion education budget


Charlie Crist, Eric Smith
Charlie Crist, Eric Smith

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, right, gestures as he speaks to students and staff at Bay Vista Elementary School Monday, Jan. 25, 2010, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Looking on is Dr. Eric Smith, Florida's Education Commissioner.

Chris O'Meara/The Associated Press
Published: Monday, January 25, 2010 at 12:22 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 25, 2010 at 12:22 p.m.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Gov. Charlie Crist's record $22.7 billion education budget proposal includes an increase in per-student spending for the first time in two years with no tax increase.

Crist presented his 2010-11 budget recommendation Monday morning at a St. Petersburg elementary school.

Crist said the per-student spending average of $7,045 would be the second-highest ever. The $179 increase in per-student spending is a 2.61 percent increase over the current budget.

The governor called on the Legislature to approve the revised deal with the Seminole Tribe to expand gambling at their Florida casinos. He said that deal, which has already been rejected by a House committee, would provide $433 million more for education.

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