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Charter schools get extra bump for facilities funding

The House and Senate agreed Monday to spend $50 million from the Public Education Capital Outlay trust fund on charter school maintenance.

But just before midnight, the House added another $25 million, bringing the total to $75 million.

That's still less than the $91 million charter schools received last year.

Lawmakers also reached a deal on K-12 education funding that will pump more than $100 million into maintenance and construction for traditional public schools statewide.

District leaders celebrated the news. Most school systems have not received money from the Public Education Capital Outlay trust fund since 2011.

"This is a step in the right direction, considering the capital needs of Florida schools," Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said. "We hope this is a sign of things to come in future years."

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