FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) — According to Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie, $2 billion “is a start” to fixing the school district’s problems.
The school system has been plagued by budget cutbacks, teacher layoffs and scandal.
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that Runcie, who last week presented his first budget since being named in October to lead the nation’s sixth-largest school system, said that a slight increase in property taxes would allow the district to hire 650 more teachers and address class-size mandates.
That increase would cost homeowners $3.80 for a $125,000 home that claims a standard homestead exemption.
Coming in at $69 million higher than last year, the budget includes a $22 million boost in state funding and proposes an organizational restructuring that would save $28 million.
Another $14 million would be saved through a shakeup of the system’s troubled transportation system.
Read the full article in the Sun-Sentinel to learn what Runcie said is the district’s biggest challenge.