Broward Schools & Property Tax Edition: Capitol to Courthouse Headliners–April 13
Apr 13, 2010
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A longtime push to scale back the 2002 class-size amendment scored its biggest victory yet Thursday as the Republican-led Florida House agreed to put the question to voters this fall.
A school voucher proposal the Florida Supreme Court took off the 2008 ballot has been revived in the Legislature.
Sen. Joe Negron’s is backing a measure that would require the state’s eight children’s services taxing districts to be re-authorized by voters every six years.
A sigh of relief could be heard from schools, county buildings, firehouses and sheriff’s stations across Florida recently when a proposed bill that would have drastically altered pensions under the Florida Retirement System died in the Legislature.
After more than nine hours of debate, lawmakers vote along party lines in approving historic bill. But will Gov. Crist veto it? The bill (SB6), identical to the Senate version that passed two weeks ago, upends the current salary system based on years worked and advanced degrees earned. In its place, it creates a new, complicated plan that eliminates tenure for beginning teachers and ties teacher pay largely to student learning gains on standardized tests.
- Crist has till Friday to act on merit pay
- Crist says he tries to listen to people, and people are telling him to veto teacher bill
- Vetoing teacher bill might aid Charlie Crist’s Senate bid
- Conservatives hail Florida teacher bill as model
- Florida Commissioner of Education Dr. Eric J. Smith affirms support for Senate Bill 6
- State teachers union targets education bill
- Blog: Senator Thrasher floats ‘reconciliation’ for teacher-tenure bill
- Thousands of Miami-Dade teachers take part in sickout
- Few teachers call in sick but Broward students walk out in protest
- Editorial: Public-school legislation … Florida lawmakers haven’t done their homework on bills
- Editorial: An arrogant attempt to reform schools
- Lesson of Senate Bill 6: Don’t go into teaching
The Senate is more conservative than it was during Bush’s tenure as governor.
Almost four years after he left the state Capitol, former Gov. Jeb Bush is hovering over this spring’s legislative session, with measures sweeping through the Republican-ruled Legislature that appear ripped straight from his political playbook.
The School Board will hold a public hearing tomorrow night at 5:30 p.m. to determine whether to raise taxes by .25 mils, an option given to districts across Florida by the Legislature.
- Orange County Public Schools OCPS has third-lowest administrative costs (per student) in the state
- Orange schools target staff, arts funding, cell phones
A bill moving through the Florida Legislature is meant to help Collier County kids by allowing voters to set up a property taxing district that would raise $31.4 million its first year.
But in order for it to make it to the next stages of discussion, state legislators need the go-ahead from local elected leaders.
Reading teachers, health assistants and textbooks could be restored if the School Board approves an extra tax this year.
Next school year, Brevard Public Schools stands to lose as much as $12 million in state funding, but after several years of budget cuts, many believe there’s little left to trim without hurting classrooms and laying off teachers.
When Sarah Wolford shares her class schedule with her teachers at Freedom High School in New Tampa, she usually has to explain why her schedule doesn’t cover the whole day.
Bright Futures scholarships were once the untouchable third rail, as far as Florida’s Legislature was concerned.
Project Invest teaches high schoolers about the realities of the insurance industry
They weren’t your usual auto insurance company names – Crash Inc., Fortune Auto Insurance, Cobra, Classy Cats Inc. and Wizard Lizard.
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