Education projects get hit with vetoes

A $600,000 proposal to create a “Music Education For All” program was among the education funding cuts by Gov. Ron DeSantis.

NSF Staff Report

Programs aimed at bolstering music, math and technology education were among the items Gov. Ron DeSantis vetoed as he signed a $100 billion budget for next fiscal year.

In all, DeSantis last Wednesday vetoed about $1.5 billion from the budget that lawmakers approved April 30. The budget will take effect July 1. Among the education vetoes was a $600,000 proposal to create a “Music Education For All” program in partnership with the Florida Orchestra. It was proposed by Rep. Ben Diamond, D-St. Petersburg, to provide music education through online streaming video to public schools and anyone “beyond the confines of the concert hall.” 

A $1 million proposal to create a coding and math instruction program for students of color, called “Coding In Color,” was rejected. It was sponsored by Rep. Angie Nixon, D-Jacksonville. DeSantis also vetoed a proposal from Rep. Kamia Brown, D-Ocoee, to fund a program called “Tech Sassy Girlz” at $100,000. The program, which was funded at $250,000 in the current year, is designed to “increase the pipeline of under-represented girls” in fields like science, technology, engineering and math. 

House Education and Employment Chairman Chris Latvala, R-Clearwater, had a proposal vetoed that would have created a scholarship program for recent high school graduates from “rural, low-income, and disadvantaged communities” to intern in Congress. Latvala was asking for $250,000 to fund the “Florida College to Congress Opportunity Scholarships.”


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