Democratic legislators want more money for public schools

May 14, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Democratic legislators are going to use an obscure state law to try to force the Republican-controlled Legislature to give more money to public schools.

Two South Florida Democrats say that school districts are struggling with their finances because most of the extra money set aside this year went to school safety programs enacted in the wake of the shooting deaths of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Reps. Shevrin Jones and Nicholas Duran said Monday that they are going to ask fellow legislators to support holding a special session in order to appropriate more money for schools. If 20 percent of the Legislature signs on, then Secretary of State Ken Detzner must poll all members. A yes vote by three-fifths of the Legislature would result in a special session.

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