Broward Schools & Property Tax Edition: Capitol to Courthouse Headliners–January 26

Jan 26, 2010



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Crist seeks to raise state education budget

Gov. Charlie Crist on Monday rolled out a public education budget that aims to boost school spending by more than $500 million – but relies heavily on money from a Seminole gambling deal that already has been rejected by legislators.


Crist’s ambitious education budget draws instant criticism

Despite an overall budget gap that could reach $3 billion, Gov. Charlie Crist unveiled a record $22.7 billion education budget Monday that would increase per-student state spending. But the plan was swiftly criticized as a mirage even by members of Crists own party.


Blog:  Two-thirds of Florida districts pursuing extra tax

Last year, the state Legislature gave school districts the option of imposing a temporary property tax to raise more money for education.


Legislature Plans to Press For Education Reform in Florida

This year could bring some of the most substantive changes to Florida schools in more than a decade.


Florida schools poised for overhaul

This year could bring some of the most substantive changes to Florida schools in more than a decade.


Palm Beach school official lauds proposed education budget, but others question its chances

Gov. Charlie Crist on Monday proposed a $500 million increase in education spending for 2010 that largely depends on a Seminole gambling deal already rejected by a key legislative committee.


Senate Panel Expands Waterfront Property Tax Protections

A Senate panel charged with carrying out a state constitutional amendment to protect working waterfronts made last-minute changes Thursday to expand the amendment’s scope and protect it from likely legal challenges from local cash-strapped local governments.


Republicans want voters to reconsider smaller classes

Having already spent $16 billion to reduce class sizes – and facing a multibillion-dollar budget deficit – leading Republicans including Gov. Charlie Crist want voters to reconsider their 2002 vote in favor of smaller classes.


South Florida schools plan for arrivals of more Haitians

Still anticipating a flood of Haitian students, the Broward School District issued detailed plans to its schools covering everything from tracking enrollment to ensuring students have the emotional support they need.


Column:  Renewing Sarasota school tax isn’t such a simple issue

No one wants to sound as if they’re anti-children or anti-teacher or anti-education.


Editorial:  School Board never should have turned down $34 million

It is a little too late for the Broward County School Board to have second thoughts about turning down $34 million in federal money.


Why Florida teachers, districts clash over merit pay

Rebecca Pittard is an accomplished teacher who was honored this month with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.


Column:  Tough decisions ahead for Brevard schools

Brevard Public Schools have grappled with major conflicts this month –with teachers over a national reform plan, with parents over changes to school zones, with an economy that has shortchanged plans to limit class sizes.


Blog: Pinellas has $40 million shortfall looming

Pinellas County can expect a $40 million shortfall for its next budget because the economy has gotten worse than expected, a county budget forecast says.


Orange County schools close to desegregation settlement

Deal would end almost 5 decades of federal oversight and could affect school-construction projects and where kids go to school

Orange County school leaders appear close to a settlement with plaintiffs in a historic desegregation case that could free the district from federal court jurisdiction for the first time in nearly 50 years.


Florida school districts save with energy changes

Although the dollars spent on energy don’t show it, the Clay, Duval and St. Johns counties’ school districts have made substantial cutbacks on their energy use over the last two fiscal years.


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