Education Budget Highlights
The Fiscal Year 2022-2023 budget implements historic funding levels for Florida’s Voluntary Prekindergarten Program, has the highest K-12 per-student funding in Florida history, continues tremendous investments in Florida’s nationally ranked higher education institutions, and ensures there will be no tuition increase for Florida’s Colleges and Universities.
The 2022-2023 budget devotes $39.2 billion in funding to education. This year the legislature provided an unprecedented $24.3 billion in funding to public schools, which is a $1.7 billion increase over last year. The budget increases per-student funding by $384.55 to $8,142.80, the highest per-student funding in state history.
School districts will receive a $1 billion increase in the Florida Educational Finance Program (FEFP) flexible funds that districts can use to meet their individual needs. In addition, the State Board of Education received $301 million to implement new programs and policies supporting the academic growth of each student, including the new progress monitoring and assessment system.
Recruiting and retaining high quality teachers remains a top priority for the state. This year, the Florida Legislature invested $800 million to increase the salaries of classroom teachers, a $250 million increase over the prior year. These funds must be used to ensure that every teacher earns a salary of at least $47,500 per year.
To increase access to Florida’s Voluntary Prekindergarten Program (VPK) and further support kindergarten readiness, the budget provides $51 million to increase the base student allocation by $317 per student.
The state’s higher education system received substantial funding boosts. The legislature invests $5.6 billion toward the State University System, including $560 million allocated to support the performance-based funding program. This funding commitment to our universities will work to ensure that Florida remains a national leader in higher education.
To ensure Florida’s colleges have the resources and infrastructure necessary to support student success, the legislature provided a $60 million increase in the general operating and performance incentive funds for the Florida College System, a total budget allocation of $2.2 billion.
In a time of high inflation and cost increases affecting every family budget, the Florida Legislature acted to ensure students and families would not be hit with a higher education tuition increase.
To help equip Floridians with the skills they need to gain meaningful employment, the legislature invested $619.7 million in general operating funds to expand workforce training opportunities at school district career education centers. This is approximately an $18 million increase over last year.
If you have interest on any budget items you may contact Governor DeSantis’ Office to express your support or concerns, prior to the Governor’s approval.