Broward Schools & Property Tax Edition: Capitol to Courthouse Headliners — Thursday, January 6
Jan 6, 2011
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Florida Governor Rick Scott got to work less than an hour after taking office Tuesday by signing executive orders to freeze rule-making and some contracts and require state agencies to screen employees’ immigration status.
More than half of Florida’s school districts face fines for breaking the state’s class-size law, with Palm Beach County taking a $16.6 million hit and Broward taking a $3 million hit, state Education Commissioner Eric Smith has said.
Florida’s corporate school voucher program could expand by $35 million next year, which would be enough to send 6,000 additional children on the waiting list to private schools throughout the state.
- Scott’s voucher proposal courts a few problems
- Editorial: Scott’s vouchers-for-all plan still has accountability gap
- Rick Scott’s stance on vouchers scares teachers
- Education battles ahead for new Florida governor
House Bill 109 would allow school boards to enter into contracts with vendors to place advertising on school buses. Half the money generated from the advertising would be directed to transportation and the other half would be used to fund whatever programs the school board wishes.
Florida’s budget shortfall hit at least $3.5 billion Tuesday as analysts dialed-back the state’s revenue forecast, saying sluggish tax collections and a still-faltering economy are complicating the balancing act facing Governor-elect Rick Scott and legislators.
State Senator David Simmons of Maitland will be a major player in deciding how far-reaching Florida’s education reforms will be
When the Florida Legislature meets in March and April, Senator David Simmons is expected to be in the thick of education reforms proposed by new Gov. Rick Scott.
Browder successor likely to be paid more
Schools’ grades indicate no pattern for experience
A fight involving dozens of students broke out near the cafeteria of Northeast High School after a dispute over a cellphone. The youths, all juveniles, may face 10-day suspensions, the school system said
Former Plumosa Elementary School Principal Priscilla Maloney, arrested Tuesday and charged with stealing furniture and other items from her own school during a seven-month period last year, did not appear in court this morning.
For years Florida students, teachers and parents have griped about the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. They said it was too limited and given too late in the year. They also said it was too stressful. Well, the Legislature listened.
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