It's that time of the year when the budget committees roll out their proposals.
Among the first to debut: the Florida House's recommended $21.1 billion education budget.
The overall figure represents a $708 million -- or 3.5 percent -- increase over last year’s spending on public schools.
"Education state funding exceeds any previous year," Fresen pointed out Monday.
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The House wants to spend roughly $7,130 per student -- an increase of $215, or 3.1 percent, over the current spending level.
That figure would fall short of Gov. Rick Scott's goal: $7,716 for 2015-16.
But it would still top the high watermark set in 2007-08 by about $4 (not accounting for inflation).
Fresen called the number "historic."
The House proposal also includes $80 million for classroom technology.
Among the other highlights:
-- The State University System would see an additional $157 million, plus $100 million for performance funding and $10 million for the state's two preeminent universities: Florida State and the University of Florida.
-- The Florida College System would see its budget increase by $28.6 million.
-- And the overall funding for Voluntary Pre-K would stay the same, despite a projected dip in enrollment.