Broward Schools & Property Tax Edition: Capitol to Courthouse Headliners–January 14
Jan 14, 2010
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Florida public schools rank 8th in the nation — a huge leap from 31st just three years ago — in Education Week magazine’s annual “Quality Counts” report released today.
Fifty nine of 67 Florida school districts sent in the required Race to the Top grant paperwork but only five of the memos had signatures from local teachers unions, according to the latest information from the Florida Department of Education.
Don’t plan to check out a library book, visit a regional park or dump an old television set Friday.
The economic recession will hit Florida’s budget hard this year.
The state has spent more than $19-billion toward reducing class sizes as constitutionally required, yet when the class size amendment takes effect next year, the state still won’t technically be in compliance on a per-class basis, deputy education commissioner Linda Champion told House representatives Tuesday.
Jane Goodwin knows this year’s campaign to extend an extra school property tax could be the toughest one yet.
More than half a million Florida homes received some type of foreclosure notice in 2009, a sad but not shocking measure during a year that broke records nationally for bank-seized properties.
Bay District school board members unanimously approved setting the wheels in motion to put a half-cent sales tax on this year’s ballot.
Orange County leaders will consider a host of cost-cutting measures next month to bridge a projected $70 million shortfall in its upcoming 2010-2011 budget, and its increasingly likely that most rank-and-file employees could be facing work furloughs.
Baby, it’s cold outside – and inside many schools as well.
If Hernando School Board members had selected the district’s next superintendent based solely on the number of times a candidate made them laugh, Bryan Blavatt would have easily taken the post.
For a third straight year, Florida parents and special-education advocates are trying to get a law passed that would prevent school employees from holding students with disabilities face-down or shutting them in rooms to try to control behaviors associated with their conditions.
Northeast Florida lawmakers are offering measures that would change the course mixture for students at public schools – and how those schools are graded – in the legislative session this spring.
A bill that would make civics a required middle school course in Florida got a first, and favorable, committee vote earlier today.
Hoping to help students with learning disabilities and those still tackling English, Florida Virtual School has launched a new text-to-speech program that will allow students to hear the content of their online assignments read aloud.
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