Broward Schools & Property Tax Edition: Capitol to Courthouse Headliners–December 3

Dec 3, 2009



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Falling Florida property values to pose problem for legislators

Florida’s real estate market is crumbling so badly that the taxable property value for schools statewide will tumble 9.5 percent next year, state economists forecast Wednesday.


Editorial: Keep tax ‘field’ fair

Whatever you think about the merits of any particular tax – or tax rate – fairness demands that Florida retailers deserve a fair “playing field” – especially when the tax involved is so dramatic that it impacts where people shop


Editorial:  Time to revisit Florida’s class-size limits

Amendment creating disastrous financial problems

Fed up with subpar schools and do-little lawmakers, state voters in 2002 took matters into their own hands.


What Pinellas schools did with $38 million in referendum money

The half-mil property tax hike that Pinellas voters approved in 2004 and again in 2008 brought the district nearly $38 million last year.


Gambling in the Glades?

Fresh off vacation, Palm Beach County Commission Chairman Burt Aaronson said a casino might be just the boost the embattled Glades region needs.


Lake School Board doesn’t want to pay former superintendent’s legal bill

Lake County School Board members butted heads often with the school district’s last superintendent, Anna Cowin.


Lawmakers to push to dissolve city of Weeki Wachee

The city of mermaids may soon be no more.


Michigan bake sale aims to raise awareness of education funding crisis

When you need to raise money for and awareness of a cause, what do you do? You have a bake sale!


High school grade calculations should include arts participation, state senator says

The new system for calculating grades for Florida’s high schools should be amended to include the student participation rate in arts courses, according to a bill filed Monday by Sen. Stephen Wise, R-Jacksonville.


Blog:  Volusia superintendent gets statewide recognition

Peg Smith, superintendent of Volusia County schools, has been named Florida schools Superintendent of the Year for 2010.


Tampa Bay schools in compliance with class-size amendment … this year

That’s according to the latest calculations, which the Florida Department of Education released just a little bit ago.


29 schools in Orange out of class-size compliance, DOE info shows (no other district has as many)

Florida’s latest class-size compliance list shows 29 are out of whack, with more kids in classrooms than the state’s class-size rules allow. The state’s two biggest districts, Broward and Dade, have all their schools in compliance.


Okaloosa schools face declining enrollment

Enrollment continues to decline in Okaloosa County schools.


Hillsborough charter panel slams Fort Lauderdale-based charter school application

A Hillsborough charter school committee is strongly opposing applications by the national Imagine Schools chain and Fort Lauderdale-based Mavericks in Education to open schools in the district.


Blog:  PTA launches campaign to mobilize parents for “common core” standards with an early effort to focus on Florida

The National PTA will advocate for national academic standards — called common core standards — as part of a new effort to boost rigor in public schools, the group announced today.


Broward Schools superintendent: Delay Pioneer Middle boundary changes

Cooper City parents are likely to get a one-year reprieve from controversial boundary changes that would move as many as 270 students out of Pioneer Middle School next year.


Hillsborough will pay $20 million to preserve 1,673 acres in Brooker Creek

Hillsborough County commissioners Wednesday unanimously approved a contract to pay $20.1 million for nearly 1,700 acres in the northwestern corner of the county.



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