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

Mar 26, 2009

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Class-size amendment linked to penny sales-tax hike

A pair of Republican senators are pressing a compromise that would tie looser class-size limits to a permanent penny sales tax hike for education.

Florida Senate leaders are crafting a plan to combine a proposed class-size amendment with a penny sales-tax increase for education and put the issue before voters as early as this fall.


Florida Senate pushes tax increases to fund education budget

Florida Senate budget writers sent a message to the House and governor Wednesday: It’s time to start talking about new taxes.


Florida senators to take up school prayer, lobbyists, budget

From school prayer to the ”shell game” of the federal stimulus money to wining and dining lawmakers, Thursday at the state Capitol is sure to set off fireworks.


Miami-Dade schools chief to work 6 unpaid days, delay some of his pay

As thousands of Miami-Dade schools employees agreed to delay three days of pay, Superintendent Alberto Carvalho promised to defer six.

Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho will give up six days of pay and postpone $30,000 of his benefits until employees are repaid for any work days they give up, he said at Wednesday’s School board meeting.


District pushes to get school projects going

The Alachua County School District has its own version of “The Price is Right,” albeit without famous game show host Drew Carey.


Bright Futures scholarships rules changing

The free ride soon could end for students who receive Bright Futures scholarships.


THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA: Textbooks for six or eight years

In rolling out a potential budget for the PreK-12 system, Sen. Stephen Wise, R-Jacksonville, said the committee may examine changing the textbook buying cycle from six years to eight years in hopes of saving money.


What happened to school vouchers?

Legislature totally consumed by budget crisis

Florida lawmakers are so focused on the state’s budget problems, even hot-button topics such as giving out more private school-tuition vouchers to public-school kids have barely raised eyebrows.


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