One cannot cut education funding during a financial boom, also cut education funding during a financial crisis, and then claim to be Pro-Education.

For example, the QBE formula? Nearly everyone hates it, from both sides of the aisle. Check out this from the Gainesville Times:

Schools have rarely received all the funding recommended by the formula because the state isn’t legally obligated to match the calculation. Although the state typically increases education funding each year — with $6.2 billion budgeted for this year — schools have received more than $1 billion less than what the formula called for in the past six years, according to state documents.

Even when the state’s economy was healthy, schools received between $100 million and $300 million less than they needed each year.

So when the Governor himself convenes a 3-year task force to update the QBE formula, and it languishes for over a year without meeting, you can bet it’s not a high priority.

Oh, and one thing about updating the QBE formula…

But education advocates say a new formula would produce funding recommendations even higher than what the current calculation generates, which is why budget officials have stopped the task force’s work.

Executive Summary: The state thinks that education is too costly, so they don’t fully fund it- whether the state is broke or swimming in cash is irrelevant. The outdated QBE formula sucks, so our leaders want to update it… unless it looks like they’ll have to spend more cash, in which case they never convene the task force.

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