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Title: Dr. Susan Moxley, Superintendent

Lake County Schools - An A School District
Funding Crisis for Public Education Call to
  • Dr. Susan Moxley, Superintendent

We do it right we do it right every time and we
do it better than anyone else!
Constitution of the State of Florida
  • Article IX. Section 1. Public education.
  • The education of children is a fundamental
    value of the people of the State of Florida. It
    is, therefore, a paramount duty of the state to
    make adequate provision for the education of all
    children residing within its borders. Adequate
    provision shall be made by law for a uniform,
    efficient, safe, secure, and high quality system
    of free public schools that allows students to
    obtain a high quality education

Florida High Achieving State
  • Florida Schools Rank in Top 15
  • Florida is a great place to live and do business.
    Its an excellent place to learn, too. The 2008
    Quality Counts Report a national comparison of
    state education systems ranked Florida among
    the top 15 in the country. Since last year,
    Florida schools have jumped from 31st place in
    the nation to 14th. Thats amazing progress.
  • A Strong Teaching Force
  • The key to student success is having good
    teachers in the classroom.
  • Quality Counts ranked Floridas teaching
    profession fourth in the nation.
  • Florida was recognized for preparing, attracting,
    rewarding and supporting quality teachers.

Lake County Schools Vision and Mission
Vision Statement A dynamic, progressive and
collaborative learning community embracing change
and diversity where every student has the
opportunity to succeed. Mission Statement
The mission of the Lake County Schools, a
resilient and growing system working hand in hand
with the community, is to prepare individuals for
successful lifelong learning, productive
employment and responsible citizenry by providing
a safe, resource filled learning environment.
Lake County Schools Accomplishments
  • A rated district by the State of Florida.
  • FCAT scores continue to increase.
  • Florida School districts have reached all-time
    high levels of success.
  • 83 percent of schools earned A or B grades.
  • Graduation rate increased by 6.3 from 73.0 in
    2007 to 79.3 for 2008.
  • LCS offer a wide variety of fine arts programs in
    K-12 which include music, dance, theatre and
    visual arts.
  • LCS has met all class size reduction

Lake County Schools Accomplishments
  • LCS has 189 National Board Certified Teachers.
  • Earned district-wide accreditation from the
    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
    (SACS) under the parent organization of AdvancED
    in 2007.
  • Advanced Placement Programs in all high schools.
  • 3,369,331 in grant dollars.
  • Lake County Schools offer Voluntary
    Pre-Kindergarten. LCS readiness scores (261) for
    VPK exceeded the state average (247).
  • LCS is one of seven school districts in Florida
    awarded the Gold Seal of Best Financial
    Management Practices from OPPAGA.

Funding in Florida
  • 50th in the US in terms of spending on education
    (per 1000 income) - - Source 2005-2006 U.S.
    Census Bureau
  • 50th in Health Care for Children (The Commonweath
  • In the 2008 Legislative Session
  • Education Funding minus 332.3 million
  • 309 Million New Prisons (10 million more than
    all K-12 construction)

Funding in Florida
  • Total State Funding reduced over 12
  • Net FEFP Funds down over 19.62
  • Cut 6 times in the last 2 years
  • First time in 37 years state funding has gone

How is Lake County Funded?
  • State revenue 53
  • Local property taxes (ad valorem) 47
  • Lottery (less than 1)

Why do we have a Budget Crisis?
  • State Revenue Shortfall
  • 2007 2008 2.2 billion (impacting 08-09
    school year)
  • 2008 2009 3.5 billion and growing (impacting
    09-10 school year)

Lake County Schools at the Breaking Point
  • We were notified in January of an additional 2.0
    (5.6 million) reduction to our operating budget.
  • Therefore, since 2007, our budget has been
    reduced 6.62 which is approximately 17 million.
  • We were also notified to expect another 2-3 (up
    to 6.0 million) reduction.
  • Our 2 mill capital budget was reduced by .25 mill
    (5.4 million).

Cumulative FEFP Reductions(Florida Education
Finance Program)
  • 2007 2008 11 million
  • January 2009 5.6 million
  • 2008 2009 6.0 million (projected)
  • Cumulative 22.6 Million

Lake County State FundingFunding per
Unweighted FTE
  • Note These reductions represent an overall
    projected decrease in funding per unweighted FTE
    of 936.27 or 16.25 in the last 2 years.

What did we expect for 2009-10?
  • As Discussed on January 2, 2009
  • At Current Enrollment Figures
  • 12 State 15,460,971
  • (6 Total FEFP)
  • 10 State 12,884,143
  • (5 Total FEFP)
  • 8 State 10,307,314
  • (4 Total FEFP)
  • In addition, we discussed that Tallahassee has
    suggested that Ad Valorem collections could be
    down by at least 4 for 2009-10 which could
    amount to 4,999,334.

What do we NOW expect for 2009-10?
  • Recent speculation based on continuing declines
    in the revenue estimates now indicate that the
    potential State funding cuts could equal a 15
    reduction for 2009-10
  • Which for Lake County Schools, at the current
    enrollment levels, would total a reduction of

2009-10?Revised for 15 Reduction
Total Revenue Reduction Estimates
  • In addition to the potential cuts in State
    Funding, we also must consider other increases
    which will have to be addressed to fully
    recognize the total of the potential revenue

Potential Revenue Reductions
Budget Reduction Considerations
Budget Reduction Considerations
Budget Reduction Considerations
Budget Reduction Considerations
Budget Reduction Considerations
What can we do?
  • We must communicate our funding needs and
    expectations to our legislators and state policy
  • It is the states paramount duty to make adequate
    provision for a high quality system of free
    public schools that allows students to obtain a
    high quality education.

Recommendations to the State
  • Enact no new unfunded K-12 mandates
  • Provide an overall strategy of comprehensive
    statutory and budget flexibility while holding
    the school district responsible for maintaining
    student achievement.
  • Hold in abeyance or authorize rather than mandate
    specific program requirements legislated as
    unfunded education initiative in 2007-2008.
  • Restore the full optional district 2 mill capital
    outlay levy and oppose any additional shifting of
    capital millage to general operating fund.

Suggestions for New Education Funding
  • Delay for the 2009-2010 school year
  • Class size amendment requirements by continuing
    school-wide average.
  • Expansion of middle school physical education
  • Implementation of K-8 virtual education.
  • Implementation of new high school accountability

Suggestions for New Education Funding
  • Elimination of certain sales tax exemptions
  • Increase general sales tax by one percent (1)
  • Increase tobacco and alcohol sales tax designated
    for education
  • Designation of existing gaming revenue primarily
    to public education
  • Expand collection of Internet/mail order sales
    tax revenue
  • Cap growth on corporate tax scholarships and
    McKay scholarships.

We Need You to Get Involved
  • As well as
  • Your neighbors, friends and family
  • School Board and districts across the state
  • Parents, business/community members and leaders
  • Educational advocacy organizations
  • Professional and civic organizations

Get Involved
  • Now
  • Contact your legislators and state policy makers
    through phone calls, emails, letters, visits and
    organized responses.
  • Tell legislators and state policy makers it is
    their paramount duty to adequately provide
    funding for high quality public education.
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