Florida education board wants hike for schools

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The state board that oversees Florida's schools wants a boost in school funding for 2015.

The State Board of Education voted Monday to ask state legislators to approve a $19.6 billion budget for Florida's public schools. The increase includes a $232 increase in per-pupil funding to match what Gov. Rick Scott has already proposed on the campaign trail.

The budget proposal also mirrors Scott's push to double the amount spent on digital learning initiatives.

State legislators will consider the request during the 2015 session that starts next spring.

The boost in school funding, however, would require more money coming from local property taxes in order to pay for the request.

The proposal would require local school districts to collect an additional $382 million in property taxes.

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