The “massive expansion” of Florida’s de facto voucher system promised by House Speaker Will Weatherford was filed Thursday, setting up what is expected to be one of the most-contentious education battles of the 2014 legislative session.
Miami-Dade Superintendent of Schools Alberto Carvalho has been named the state’s Superintendent of the Year. The announcement was made during the Florida Association of District School Superintendents (FADSS) during their 68th annual joint conference in Tampa.
As the final pieces of the state budget fell into place on Saturday, state House and Senate negotiators struck a deal to give state employees a raise of at least $1,000.
A bill filed this week would force animal shelters to publicize animal kills on their websites.
During a stop at an Orlando area school on Wednesday, Governor Rick Scott unveiled a proposal which would give a pay increase of $2,500 to every full time teacher in the state.
Florida lawmakers appear to be moving toward increasing spending on school-safety spending and change the way law enforcement officers posted at schools are funded.
A bill that would require school districts to give tax money raised by property assessments to charter schools to pay for construction costs, and allow high-performing schools to create up to 3 schools a year moved up in the Senate Monday.
Nudged by a Tallahassee-based non-profit group, two lawmakers are poised to file bills that would allow charter schools and non-profits to offer adult education.
In the final hours of the legislative session Florida lawmakers approved an education budget which slashes the amount schools receive from the state by nearly 8 percent, or $542 per student.