ERIC Number: ED483726
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Apr
Reference Count: 12
Class Size, Pre-Kindergarten, and Educational Adequacy: Costs and Funding Options for Florida. Policy Brief.
Harris, Douglas N.
Education Policy Studies Laboratory, Arizona State University College of Education
Since 1998, Florida voters have passed three amendments that pressure state officials to increase education spending. The 1998 amendment introduced constitutional language establishing the importance of education to the state and its citizens, requiring "adequate provision?for a uniform, efficient, safe, secure, and high quality system of free public schools." Two amendments followed in 2002, requiring free, high-quality pre-kindergarten and mandating the reduction of class sizes. The analysis in this brief suggests that the recurring costs of the class size and pre-K amendments will be $3 billion per year after full implementation. For pre-K, the actual costs estimated here are close to the estimates being used by the Legislature; for class size, the actual costs estimated here are lower. Florida now has the lowest overall tax rates in the country. This analysis suggests that full funding of the two amendments would raise Florida's ranking only slightly, from 50th to 49th. Therefore, Florida would remain a low tax state.
Descriptors: Tax Rates, Program Costs, Class Size, Small Classes, Operating Expenses, Educational Finance, Financial Support, State Legislation, Educational Legislation, Preschool Education
Education Policy Studies Laboratory, Division of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, College of Education, Arizona State University, P.O. Box 872411, Tempe, AZ 85287-2411. Tel: 480-965-1886; Fax: 480-965-0303; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://edpolicylab.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arizona State Univ., Tempe. Education Policy Studies Lab.