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Florida Voters Are Saying Yes When School Districts Ask for More Money. Is That a Good Thing?

Hillsborough County school superintendent Jeff Eakins takes a clear message from last week’s election, which saw many Floridians vote to tax themselves more to help public schools meet rising costs.

People see the challenges firsthand and “they know they want better,” he said, referring to tax referendums that won approval in Hillsborough and seven other Florida school districts.

But some fear lawmakers in Tallahassee will draw a different conclusion from the voters’ willingness to pitch in — that now, despite inflation and growing enrollment, they won’t have to funnel as much state money into schools.