Broward Schools & Property Tax Edition: Capitol to Courthouse Headliners–September 17
Sep 17, 2009
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State revenue projections are billions of dollars short of Florida’s scaled-down spending, and a major hurricane could add billions more to the problem, a joint legislative panel was told Tuesday.
Fla. Supreme Court declines to hear builder’s group case, freeing $18 mil.
In a victory for the Polk County School District, the Florida Supreme Court has refused to hear the Polk County Builders Association’s case against school impact fees.
All-county honors band and honors jazz band among programs eliminated
Some students hoping to join their school’s art club, drill team or science group got a painful but important lesson in budget cutting this year: Less money means fewer clubs.
Just like consumers, local governments are struggling to pay the bills with less money in the bank.
- Miramar approves 20% tax-rate increase
- Weston’s property taxes could rise 15.8 percent as city battles budget deficit
- Pompano gives tentative OK to tax hike
- Hollywood budget targets taxes, layoffs
- Deerfield Beach raises property tax rate
Despite a budget gap that could lead to layoffs and property tax rate hikes of 27 percent, Pembroke Pines is sharply increasing the amount it spends on festivals next year.
OPINION: Miami-Dade must prioritize cuts to save jobs
Miami-Dade Commissioner Katy Sorenson offered a dire report Tuesday: With the county commission voting to keep the property tax rate the same, ”more people will lose their jobs.”
Miami-Dade County’s property tax calculator is now reflecting the proposed “flat tax” commissioners recently approved.
For all the debate about the federal stimulus program, of this Don Winstead is certain: Without the stimulus, Florida’s budget problems would’ve been catastrophic.
State’s $266M gone in 2 years
A fortune in retirement hopes, and the dreams of countless Florida families, went up in smoke and mirrors on a single sketchy real estate deal. What now for what’s left in Florida’s hundred billion dollar pension fund?
In a little-noticed and long-standing tradition, the state of Florida provides security to dozens of politicians who visit the Sunshine State for business and personal trips, even though the visitors bring their own protection.
It came close once again, but the Broward County School District fell just short of winning the $1 million Broad Prize for Urban Education.
School bus drivers and mechanics workers came to Wednesday’s school board meeting to complain about poor treatment and concerns that the district is violating their contract.
School budget cuts have made headlines all year because the state’s revenue is less than anticipated.
Now, Northeast Florida school districts are approving their final operating budgets for the 2009-10 year. All of the districts are aware they might have to make additional cuts as the state gets updated revenue estimates.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is looking into fraud allegations regarding the Martin County School District’s facilities and maintenance departments, officials confirm.
Florida’s Board of Education has approved more-rigorous measures for evaluating high schools beyond test scores, adding such factors as graduation rates and participation in accelerated course work.
$122.5 million awarded to Florida schools for commitment to academic progress
Governor Charlie Crist recently celebrated with teachers and students of Frost Elementary School in Tampa where he presented them a check for $56,222 for improving their school grade from a “C” to a “B” during the 2008-09 school year. Governor Crist also recognized the Florida Lottery’s latest achievement of surpassing $20 billion in contributions to Florida’s students and schools.
The Florida Virtual School is doing more with less due to a new law that cut its funding while expanding online learning to every school district in the state.
The free financial ride at Florida’s public universities is largely over for the state’s top-performing students.
Many of the students who recently rode into state universities on Bright Futures scholarships were in for an awakening. Thanks to legislative rewrites, freshmen often found their Lottery-funded awards no longer covered up to 100 percent of tuition and mandatory fees.
U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor said the House is on track to pass a bill that would put more than $40 billion over 10 years into a grant program to help students pay for college.
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