DeSantis calls for increased K-12 spending, cuts in university funding

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday released a proposed education budget for next year that includes record spending for public schools but a cut in university funding.

DeSantis is requesting that lawmakers provide $23.9 billion for the kindergarten through 12th-grade system, a $1.1 billion increase over the current year. The proposal would provide $8,000 in per-student spending, an increase of nearly $200.

In an effort to retain educators amid an ongoing teacher shortage, DeSantis wants to use $238…