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House and Senate Budgets for 2010-11

The House and Senate committees that allocate funds to district workforce education programs have started to work on their bills. Updates on this process will be posted here as the committees release information. The committee pages where meeting materials will be posted are as follows:

March 25, 2010 – The Senate Ways and Means committee amended the budget for workforce education programs during its committee meeting. This amendment is contingent upon the state’s receipt of additional Medicaid funds that allows for some re-allocation of state funds to other areas. In the workforce education budget, the performance-based incentive funds category was increased by $44,065 for a new total allocation of $5,153,231. The workforce development funds appropriation was increased by about $5.5 million for a new total of $379.6 million. These funds have not been allocated in the proviso yet.

March 16, 2010 – The Senate Higher Education Appropriations Committee released a draft appropriations bill and conforming bill. Below is a brief summary of the issues:

  • Requires districts to submit a report on how funds are being re-prioritized to meet critical state workforce needs (see language under specific appropriation 109)
  • Amends s. 1009.21, F.S. to include school districts in the residency for tuition requirements (classifying students as residents and non-residents for tuition purposes)
  • Requires that continuing workforce education (CWE) courses are fully supported by fees
  • Requires an OPPAGA study on merging school district programs with community and state college programs

Allocations of funds to districts can be found in Specific Appropriations 107 and 109. A copy of the meeting packet with the draft language will be temporarily available at the following link: http://www.flsenate.gov/data/committees/Senate/meeting_packets/HI.pdf (PDF).

March 16, 2010 – The House State Universities and Private Colleges Appropriations Committee released updated recommendations from the Chair on appropriations for district workforce education. The allocations are reduced from the March 10 committee meeting materials. Below is a brief summary of the issues:

  • 11.27% reduction in Performance-Based Incentive funds (from $5.2 million to $4.7 million)
  • 10.8% reduction in Workforce Development Funds (from $377 million to $336.6 million)
    • Includes $22 million in state fiscal stabilization funds
  • Includes $6.3 million for the Florida Ready to Work program

In addition, a conforming bill was passed by the committee. This bill included language on the requiring classification of students are residents or non-residents for tuition purposes. The meeting materials are located here (March 16 documents): http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Documents/publications.aspx?CommitteeId=2448&PublicationType=Committees&DocumentType=Meeting%20Packets&Session=2010&SessionId=64.

March 11, 2010 – The Senate PreK-12 Appropriations Committee released its initial budget. The Senate’s conforming bill and proviso issues included the following:

  • Require that bonus funding associated with industry certifications is paid to the academy or center where the bonus was earned.

March 10, 2010 – The House Pre-12 Appropriations Committee released its initial budget. The House conforming bill issues included the following:

  • Reduce the bonus FTE from .30 to .16 for industry certifications earned

March 10, 2010 – The Senate Higher Education Appropriation Committee provided initial 2010-11 budget allocations for district workforce education programs. Below is a summary of the budget issues:

  • 3.36% reduction in Performance-Based Incentive funds (from $5.2 million to $5.1 million)
  • 0.85% reduction in Workforce Development Funds (from $377 million to $374 million)
    • Includes $22 million in state fiscal stabilization funds
  • Transfer Ready to Work funding to District Workforce and Florida College budgets

The Senate committee also provided current ideas for conforming bills and proviso language. The workforce related items include the following:

  • Authorize an 8 percent increase in tuition
  • Create language on state residency confirmation which is consistent with all other postsecondary sectors
  • Remove fee exemptions so that all students pay at least a minimal fee with a potential exemption for pre-diploma and literacy programs
  • Request an OPPAGA report on the pros and cons for merging adult public school workforce into community or state colleges (based on Chair’s comments, this may deal with postsecondary programs only, not adult general education).
  • Re-prioritize program funding by providing targeting funding in state priority programs, STEM fields and state workforce need areas.

Senate Higher Education Meeting Materials for March 10, 2010 (PDF)

March 10, 2010 – The House State Universities and Private Colleges Appropriations Committee provided initial 2010-11 budget allocations for district workforce education programs. Below is a summary of their budget issues:

  • 7.49% reduction in Performance-Based Incentive funds (from $5.2 million to $4.9 million)
  • 8.87% reduction in Workforce Development Funds (from $377 million to $343.8 million)
    • Includes $22 million in state fiscal stabilization funds

The House committee also provided information on items in conforming bills and proviso language. The workforce related items include the following:

  • Authorize an 8 percent increase in tuition.
  • Create language on state residency confirmation which is consistent with all other postsecondary sectors.

March 4, 2010 – The House State Universities and Private Colleges Appropriations Committee has been provided its initial tentative allocation for 2010-11. These funds will be distributed to District Workforce, Community Colleges, State University System, Vocational Rehabilitation, Blind Services, Private Colleges & Universities, Students Financial Aid (State and Federal), and Board of Governors. The committee will begin working next week on allocating these funds to the various programs.

The 2010-11 committee allocations are as follows:

Fund Source 2010-11 Committee
Allocation
Percentage Change
General Revenue $3,052,500,000 -8.4%
Educational Enhancement Trust Fund $738,500,000 -5.1%
Federal Stimulus Funds $318,900,000 9.0%
Other Trust Funds (includes university tuition) $1,323,200,000 -2.6%

Governor's Budget

The Governor's proposed agency budget has been released. The complete budget can be found at the following Web site: http://www.ThePeoplesBudget.state.fl.us.

All education agency items can be accessed here: http://www.thepeoplesbudget.state.fl.us/BDServices.aspx?ai=48000000

OPPAGA Reports

The Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA) has prepared reports on workforce education programs for submission to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Please go here to access their final reports: http://www.oppaga.state.fl.us/ReportsByTopic.aspx?topic=Education. Go to the heading for "Education, Department of"