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Education Cuts Opposed

October 5th, 2007 by Mike Vasilinda

Florida school districts will lose 138 million in the budget cuts proposed in Tallahassee. Community colleges and State Universities also lose millions. Today, Democrats in the state house tried to shift money from the state’s rainy day fund in an attempt to keep schools from losing anything. Rep. Martin Kair (Care) of Davie tried to appeal to his fellow house members by siting how poorly Florida ranks nationally.

“Right now we’re number forty-nine in the nation when it comes to funding public education. If you take another two hundred thirty-six million dollars away, we may be number fifty,” Kair said. “Let’s do the right thing. Vote for this amendment. Hold education harmless so we can insure that our kids have the best education possible and we can insure their futures.”

The GOP led House refused to go along in a voice vote, with House leaders suggesting the states savings accounts might be needed early next year to off set what could be another round of budget cuts.

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