The House and Senate reached at least one key agreement Sunday: $480 million is the right amount to spend on teacher pay raises.
The Senate initially proposed spending $480 million at the suggestion of Gov. Rick Scott.
The House wanted to spend $676 million and give districts more flexibility with the money. The lower chamber adjusted the number to $628 million late last week, but on Sunday, decided that $480 million would be OK.
House Education Appropriations Chairman Erik Fresen, R-Miami, said the two chambers would work together to determine how much flexibility districts ought to have.
Much to the governor's dismay, both chambers are sticking to a pledge to tie the pay increases to performance. (Scott is championing $2,500 across-the-board pay raises.)
"This is not new for the districts," Galvano said. "We've been moving toward merit-based pay increases for a while now."
The Senate and the House also agreed to a new way of calculating per-student spending, which would result in an $8 million cut to virtual education programs. The change was necessary, lawmakers have said, because students enrolled in virtual programs were receiving a larger share of money than students in brick-and-mortar schools.
Galvano insisted the change would "not harm Florida Virtual School."
"It's not hurting the program if there is some inequity in a program and that inequity is corrected," he said.
Despite the consensus, a handful of education issues remain unresolved, including the 6 percent tuition hike House Speaker Will Weatherford has been pushing for the state's universities.
On Sunday, the House said it was willing to come down to a 4 percent increase.
Galvano said he would have to evaluate the new offer. On Saturday, however, Galvano said the Senate would hold its position that tuition not be increased.
-- with reporting from Tia Mitchell