Broward Schools & Property Tax Edition: Capitol to Courthouse Headliners–February 9
Feb 9, 2010
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Gov. Charlie Crist delivered an optimistic message about the state budget and state economy to a gathering of political and civic leaders in Tampa today, saying, “Something good is starting to percolate in our economy.”
The states top economic development official is defending a plan to create new tax credits that will not address the No. 1 business cost in the state.
There’s not a school district in Florida that doesn’t feel shortchanged by the Legislature, with teacher salaries virtually frozen and per-pupil spending continuing to slide.
Broward property values plummeted last year, according to a preliminary estimate, and probably will force local governments to slash spending or raise taxes.
Florida property taxes dropped by $2.28 billion, or 7.5 percent, over the past three years because of tax-cutting measures approved by the Legislature and voters as well as falling real estate values, according to figures presented to a legislative panel Thursday.
A group opposed to the extra 1-mill property tax for school spending has formed a political action committee to campaign against its renewal, signaling the most organized opposition in the tax’s history.
That’s the crux of the advice regarding forming a new Community Redevelopment Agency that Pat Steed delivered to the City Commission.
With a median age of 65, the city of Venice is home to senior citizens who were children of the Great Depression and the world war that followed.
The New Year begins not with a bang, but with a whimper. That moaning comes from a recession in its death throes, but also from a labor market that continues to worsen.
Florida’s application for a $1.1 billion share of federal education reform funding could be hampered by a lack of support from teachers’ unions as federal officials begin reviewing submissions from states across the country.
When Florida voters in 2002 approved a constitutional amendment limiting school class sizes, the idea had some merit.
Local schools are holding their own in keeping class sizes small.
Duval County Public Schools would take an $85 million hit next school year if the state’s agencies take proportional losses and the state proceeds with a class-size amendment initiative, Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals told board members Monday.
Officials, some residents, say they want schools in the city to become charters
Boca Raton’s public schools could be the subject of a takeover attempt by the city government, starting with Boca Raton High despite strong teacher opposition.
There’s no magic number when it comes to how long a middle school class should last.
There are only four weeks left before the reading and math portions of the FCAT – the writing test begins Tuesday – and more than 9,500 struggling students in Palm Beach and Broward counties are each receiving up to $1,500 worth of free tutoring.
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