Broward Schools & Property Tax Edition: Capitol to Courthouse Headliners — Tuesday, January 18

Jan 18, 2011

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State talking about property tax fix

Don’t get hopes up, says Lee’s Mann

More than 46,000 property owners in Lee and Collier counties got a double-whammy.


Florida Has Till Fall to Pay Feds Interest on $2 Billion Loan

Thirty states owe Uncle Sam interest on $41 million in unemployment benefits

As if Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature don’t have a high enough fiscal mountain to climb, the federal government is about to bill them for interest on the $2 billion the state borrowed to pay unemployment benefits.


THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA:  Property taxes, unemployment and corporate deals top lawmakers issues

Property tax breaks, unemployment compensation, corporate incentives and a revenue cap proposal favored by the Senate president will be among a handful of high priority fiscal items to be addressed by the House, the chamber’s top finance and tax leader expects.


Florida Senate Tax-Cut Disclaimer:  Scott’s Math Problem

Governor Rick Scott’s campaign rhetoric collided with political and economic reality last week. It didn’t take long.


As crisis looms, Orange schools turn to advertising

Orange County’s school district recently posted a Panera bakery sign outside the Winter Park High gym and at the scorer’s table.


Winn-Dixie agrees to pay Pasco tangible property taxes

Over the last five years, Winn-Dixie had fought 54 Florida counties over the size of its tax bills.


Conservation Trust for Florida applauds renewal of Conservation Tax Incentive

Congress just renewed a tax incentive for private landowners-especially working family farmers and ranchers-who protect their land with a voluntary conservation agreement.


New York Times:  In Florida, Virtual Classrooms With No Teachers

On the first day of her senior year at North Miami Beach Senior High School, Naomi Baptiste expected to be greeted by a teacher when she walked into her precalculus class.


Alabama suit over state funding of education set for trial

A federal lawsuit challenging Alabama’s method of funding public schools is headed to court

A federal lawsuit challenging Alabama’s method of funding public schools is headed to court.


New York Times:  Redevelopment Agencies Lie in Cost-Cutters’ Sights

There are plenty of pat answers to the question of how California, with one of the world’s most diverse and vibrant economies, has ended up in such a fiscal mess.


New York Times:  Budget Worries Push Governors to Same Mind-Set

The dismal fiscal situation in many states is forcing governors, despite their party affiliation, toward a consensus on what medicine is needed going forward.


Should we cheer B- schools?

A respected report ranks Florida’s public education system as among the best in the country. But is it accurate?
When Florida’s public education system was named fifth-best in the nation this week, educators and elected officials rejoiced.


2-year-olds prepare for school with new program in Palm Beach County

Like many 2-year-olds, when Silvia Matute is home, she enjoys watching television.


Wholesome Tummies changing the plate of school lunches

Franchise opened in Palm Beach County

Instead of waiting around for their children’s schools to introduce healthy lunches, Royal Palm Beach residents Cheryl and John Barry decided to take matters into their own hands.


School lockdowns:  Broward parents frustrated with lack of communication

An 11th-grader who allegedly brought a gun to South Plantation High prompted a lockdown Friday, a day after an armed man caused a five-school lockdown by barricading himself inside a nearby house.


Eminent scholars create controversy at Florida Atlantic University

They are high-profile, high-paid professors recruited to give a university prestige that can attract superior students and faculty.


Blog:  Florida students should take international tests, too

Florida students take plenty of standardized tests that to some degree allow for statewide and/or national comparisons.



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