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Double investment in digital learning initiatives

"Governor Scott will propose to double down on Florida's investment in digital learning initiatives for school districts from $40 million to $80 million."


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Scott proposes increase for digital learning

Gov. Rick Scott made several education-related promises during his re-election campaign including doubling digital learning initiatives for school districts.

The money would go to various projects, such as improving school district information technology infrastructure, increasing bandwidth and providing computers for students.

Scott requested doubling the amount for digital learning from $40 million to $80 million in his 2015-16 budget proposal. In the end, the Legislature approved a smaller increase for a total of $60 million.

Scott has proposed a $20 million increase for a total of $80 million for the 2016-17 budget.

We will have to see how the Legislature reacts to his proposal during the upcoming session, which starts Jan. 12, but for now we continue to rate this In the Works.

 

Sources:

Gov. Rick Scott, "Gov. Rick Scott signs the 'Keep Florida Working' budget," June 23, 2015

Gov. Rick Scott, Florida First budget, Nov. 23, 2015

PolitiFact's Scott-O-Meter, Education promises, Accessed Dec. 21, 2015

Interview, Jeri Bustamante, Gov. Rick Scott spokeswoman, Dec. 16, 2015

 

Rick Scott proposes doubling money for digital learning

Gov. Rick Scott promised during his re-election campaign to double digital learning initiatives for school districts from $40 million to $80 million.

"The more that our students are using digital (technology), there's a greater chance that they will be ahead of the game," Scott said in August 2014.

The Legislature budgeted $40 million for digital learning in 2014-15, the first year for that particular line item. (The previous year there were $17 million in grants for wireless and bandwidth upgrades.) Scott proposed doubling that amount in his 2015-16 budget released in January. The money will go toward improving school district information technology infrastructure, increasing bandwidth and providing computers for students.

Each school district will get $500,000, and the remainder will be allocated based on student population.

We will have to wait to see how the Legislature, which convenes March 3, reacts to his proposal but for now we rate it In the Works.

Sources:

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, 2015-16 budget proposal, January 2015

Tampa Bay Times, "Governor proposes review of education standards, testing Scott wants schools to review," Aug. 26, 2014

Tallahassee Democrat, "Digital Dilemma," Feb. 21, 2014

Interview, Cheryl Etters, Florida Department of Education spokeswoman, Feb. 3, 2015