Broward Schools & Property Tax Edition: Capitol to Courthouse Headliners–January 8
Jan 8, 2009
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As lawmakers prepare to cut millions from schools to balance the budget, a national magazine says Florida already ranks below most states in money spent per student.
The impact of the Florida Legislature’s budget-cutting special session will hit hardest in the classroom, as school districts learned Tuesday how deep a cash crunch they would face under plans legislators will formalize today.
The Florida House is debating a budget-reduction package that includes nearly $1 billion in spending cuts for schools, health care and other state functions.
Florida can save billions by improving cost effectiveness, increasing government productivity and enhancing revenue maximization efforts.
The family of former Florida Gov. Lawton Chiles has assembled a team of lawyers to try to block state officials from dipping into an endowment named for the late politician to help close a projected $2.3 billion budget deficit.
While state lawmakers moved ahead on cuts in critical health care services for the poor and elderly on Wednesday, they also said that relief might be on the way from Washington.
With the Republican-dominated Legislature rolling steadily toward closing a $2.3 billion budget gap, Democrats and social-service advocates began pushing back on Wednesday.
Delaying new purchases could offset half of $491 million in cuts.
Florida lawmakers may let cash-strapped school systems use textbook money to pay their bills.
Teachers are digging into their own pockets for school supplies. Identity-theft investigations are slowing down. And thousands of nursing home workers are bracing for layoffs.
THE ISSUE: Bright Futures looks a little bleak.
This should tell you how desperate things are with the state government budget: Lawmakers have proposed suspending Bright Futures scholarships.
The double-whammy of economic hardship has fire administrators declaring that in the next few years, the state’s largest fire department will be in a $100 million hole.
Amid worldwide economic turmoil, failing banks, plummeting retirement accounts and boarded-up businesses — few are ringing in 2009 with any real enthusiasm.
High school athletes will have to submit to random testing to detect the use of alcohol as well as illegal and widely abused prescription drugs under a policy preliminarily approved Wednesday by the Palm Beach County School Board.
Junior varsity baseball, softball and J.V. cheerleading are out in Volusia County public schools for this spring.
Treasure Coast school districts could be hit with another $10.3 million in budget cuts and public school funding slashed by nearly $500 million statewide under a proposal being considered in Tallahassee Tuesday.
Nine million dollars is no chump change for the Pasco school district.
Especially after the district cut $16-million from its spending plan to start the year, and some $8.7-million more to deal with income shortfalls in the fall.
Lincoln Park Elementary received a $10,000 grant from ExxonMobil Corp. on Wednesday afternoon to support the school’s science program.
In 1990, Manatee voters approved a special property tax for programs to help juveniles at risk of becoming delinquents, school dropouts, drug users or unwed mothers.
Brevard public school students might have a shorter summer this year.
The district wants to take advantage of a legislative provision and revert to the school calendar it used before the state’s controversial Save Our Summers mandate.
Barely a half-hour into a heated community meeting on Wednesday, a woman wearing a pumpkin-orange and black “NO TOWER” T-shirt walked toward the front of the Coleman Middle School cafeteria.
Charlie Crist takes a school-reform powder.
As Chicago schools chief, Arne Duncan has found innovative ways to skirt the restrictive cap on the number of charter schools that can operate in Illinois, thus expanding opportunities for low-income kids. So it’s instructive to contrast Mr. Duncan’s can-do attitude with that of Florida Governor Charlie Crist, whose inaction last week handed a victory to opponents of school choice.
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