Broward Schools & Property Tax Edition: Capitol To Courthouse Headliners — Thursday, May 26

May 26, 2011


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Florida Governor Scott signs budget, vetoes $615 million

At a campaign-style event, Governor Rick Scott made himself Florida’s new veto king Thursday when he axed $615 million from the state budget before signing it.


Florida budget likely to lead to job losses – at least in the short run

The $69.7 billion state budget now before Governor Rick Scott will send tremors through Florida’s struggling economy, with school districts, hospitals and other big employers soon cutting jobs and programs because of a sharp drop in taxpayer dollars, economists say.


$4.6 billion in federal stimulus money stays unspent in Florida

More than two years after the controversial federal-stimulus program began, Florida has yet to spend more than $4.6 billion of its stimulus money, even as the state starts seeing new layoffs of teachers and others paid with stimulus money the past two years.


Florida TaxWatch finds $203 million in budget turkeys

Florida TaxWatch, the conservative fiscal watchdog group, has highlighted $203 million of spending in the proposed state budget that didn’t go through the standard process for funding.


Out-of-state cash supporting Florida school voucher system, splitting Democrats

Over the past five years, a multimillion-dollar effort by a small number of deep-pocketed school-choice advocates has tried to sway state-level elections and rewrite education laws across the country.


Florida Department of Children and Families to eliminate 500 jobs

Department of Children and Families Secretary David Wilkins told employees Monday the welfare agency will eliminate about 500 jobs in a $48 million cost-saving initiative for the fiscal year starting July 1.


Eight Local Water Basin Boards to Be Eliminated

The eight local basin boards under the Southwest Florida Water Management District will disappear, the agency’s Governing Board decided.


Wounded Warrior Project turns down $3.2 million from Florida

In an era of shrinking state budgets, organizations usually have to hire a team of lobbyists to fight for every dime they get and if money comes, they certainly don’t give it back.


Controversial boys’ school closed

The state-run school for boys in Marianna, which has eluded closure for more than a century despite being rocked by chronic scandal, will close June 30 after 111 years of operation.


Broward County Public Schools Receive Top National Ranking

The Washington Post named 11 Broward County high schools in its High School Challenge list of top 1,900 public high schools in the nation.


Broward Names Top Principal and Assistant Principal

Broward County Public Schools has announced the winners for the 2011 ACCLAIM Awards.


Broward County Public Schools Third Grade Students 2011 FCAT Performances Remain Stable

The Florida Department of Education has released results from the 2011 Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test  Reading and Mathematics subtests for third grade students.


Broward’s Tech Center Students Excel in Various Competitions

Three students who attend McFatter Technical Center placed at the national level at competitions held during the Business Professionals of America National Convention held recently in Washington D.C. Over 5,400 students from across the nation took part in the competitions.




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