Stimulus for Schools
Florida schools are getting a band-aid, in the form of dollars. The House voted Monday to send $10 billion to school districts across the country hard hit by budget cuts, and Alachua County schools will use the money to hire teachers.
As public schools open their doors across the state, they'll have to meet strict class-size limits, when the Class-Size Amendment goes into full swing this year.
Spokesperson for Alachua County Public Schools, Jackie Johnson, says the state fell short in providing funding for districts to shave classroom sizes.
"They didn't allocate any where near enough money to fully fund the class size law, which has left districts in the lurch," said Johnson.
On Monday, the House OK'ed an emergency bill to halt teacher layoffs. Johnson says so far, teachers in the county have kept their jobs, but the extra money is needed to hire more teachers in order to meet the class size law.
"We anticipate we may need another 30 to 40 teachers which would cost somewhere between one and two million dollars, but until those kids arrive, we just don't know for sure," said Johnson.
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