Broward Schools & Property Tax Edition: Capitol to Courthouse Headliners — Friday, August 19
Aug 19, 2011
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A new athletic facility for Lakewood Ranch High School will be delayed for two years after a divided School Board provisionally agreed to cut as much as $3 million from the district’s capital fund.
When Standard & Poor’s decided to downgrade its debt rating for the United States from “AAA” to “AA-plus” on Aug. 5, it created an uproar that triggered a wild roller-coaster ride for the stock markets last week.
Charter schools have to prove themselves worthy of existing, Governor Rick Scott said Thursday during a back-to-school rally for charter school teachers in Orlando.
Test results show Florida is going backward in preparing students for college, yet the state’s high schools keep getting high grades from the state, a former education commissioner told a higher education study panel Thursday.
For the first time in three years, the Broward School District and its teachers union have reached a contract, giving each teacher a $500 cash bonus and guaranteeing them no unpaid furlough days.
Middle and high school marching bands are among the programs that will be affected by education budget cuts that eliminated $147,000 for band equipment replacement and repairs and $750,000 in discretionary money doled out annually to schools.
Governor Rick Scott defended a tax cut that has resulted in a bond rating downgrade for the South Florida Water Management District.
Former Education Commissioner John Winn tells a higher education panel on Thursday that a newly-enacted grading formula for high schools masks serious problems.
Florida’s high school graduates improved slightly on this year’s ACT college entrance test, but they still rank near the bottom nationally.
The quality of life in the struggling cities around Lake Okeechobee has become so dire that at least two Palm Beach County commissioners say the county may need to consider taking control of the region.
State Representative Shawn Harrison has introduced HB 95, the Fallen Heroes Family Tax Relief Act, into the Florida House of Representatives.
The Palm Beach County Health Care District plans to close on a controversial $4 million land deal for a new public nursing home on Monday after the Riviera Beach City Council OKd the land use change it needed.
The Illinois Department of Revenue has denied property tax exemptions to three hospitals and is reviewing applications from 15 others, officials said Tuesday, signaling that the state plans to get tough on nonprofit hospitals it believes operate more like businesses than charities.
To city officials in Manassas Park, Virginia, Standard & Poor’s one-notch downgrade of the U.S. government’s credit rating was relatively mild compared with what the firm sprung on them last month.
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