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Gov. Scott kills $100K study to help teachers afford Florida's cost of living

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Miami-Dade's cost of living is so high that public school teachers struggle to afford to live here.

That’s why the county school district — with help from the Miami-Dade legislative delegation — fought hard this spring to secure in the annual budget a $100,000 study by the Florida Department of Education that would have explored cost-of-living disparities across the state’s 67 counties. The plan was for those differences to then be more fairly factored in to a funding formula that determines how much districts get from the state to pay for teachers’ salaries and school operations.

Although lawmakers approved the cost-of-living study as part of the 2017-18 budget, it’s not going to happen. That line-item was among a plethora of vetoes Gov. Rick Scott handed down Friday evening.

Full details here.

Photo credit: Miami-Dade schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho. Herald file photo