Broward Schools & Property Tax Edition: Capitol to Courthouse Headliners–March 24

Mar 24, 2009


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Tanking property values may halt new Broward schools construction

Throw the Broward school district’s five-year construction and technology plan out the window, district financial staff told School Board members at a workshop Tuesday.


Senate gambling bills would give Seminoles, race tracks more games

Florida would give the Seminole Tribe roulette wheels, craps tables and full-fledged Las Vegas style casinos while its competitors get blackjack or electronic bingo machines within their facilities under bills introduced Tuesday by the Senate’s chief gambling negotiator.


Budget Cuts Frustrate Lawmakers

For three weeks, they’ve listened. Now comes the hard part.


Report: Florida growth slows

The Sunshine State’s annual population growth will fall to its lowest level in 60 years, researchers at the University of Florida predict.


Battle breaks out on 2002 state class-size amendment

There’s almost no reason to mention Will Weatherford and Frederica Wilson in the same sentence.


Brevard County schools lose $100 million

Cuts to Brevard Public Schools could be as high as $100 million next year, an increase of $20 million over previous projections, Superintendent Richard DiPatri warned Monday, citing recent revenue estimates.


Florida bill could let Vietnam veterans earn high school diplomas

William ‘Charles’ Wilson had already dropped out of school and was an 18-year-old iron worker when he was drafted and sent to Vietnam in 1967.


Alachua schools superintendent: Lawmakers are passing the buck

As lawmakers in Tallahassee decide how they will balance the state’s budget, some are arguing that during these difficult economic times, public schools cannot be spared and must accept their share of cuts. That sounds reasonable, until you dig a little deeper into the facts.


Lake County school officials to take furlough to cut costs

The Lake County School Board on Monday ordered principals and district-level administrators to take a four-day furlough next school year – a small step toward paring spending by more than $25 million.


Hillsborough won’t renew contracts for 150 retired teachers

Hillsborough County School District officials began notifying a crop of veteran teachers Monday that their jobs are ending.


Manatee County schools ask county to freeze fees

The Manatee County school board unanimously voted Monday to ask the county commission to suspend impact fees for schools.


Schools face big funding cut for advanced studies

Florida legislators are considering halving the incentive funds that supported advanced courses in Alachua County high schools and other high schools in the state.


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