TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Legislative budget negotiators have agreed to increase public school spending by an average of $28 per student.
The deal Friday will give school districts $6,873 for every elementary and secondary student in the budget year beginning July 1.
The slight increase - instead of cuts that were feared - hinges on federal approval of $2.2 billion in education stimulus dollars for Florida during the next two budget years.
Florida needs a waiver because state spending on public schools has dropped since 2006.
Education Commissioner Eric Smith said he remains confident the waiver will be granted but a decision is not expected for at least two weeks.
That's after a final budget vote set for a week from Friday.
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