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Lawmakers Sort Out Details Of Oil Spill MoneyWith billions of dollars coming to Florida in reparation for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a Senate panel Tuesday tried to get a better feel for how the money will be spent.
Expansion Of Private School Scholarships Introduced 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.
Alberto Carvalho Named State's "Superintendent Of The Year" 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.
Deal Reached On State Employee RaisesAs 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.
Bill Would Force Animal Shelters To Publicize Euthanasia DeathsA bill filed this week would force animal shelters to publicize animal kills on their websites.
Gov. Scott Wants To Give Teachers A RaiseDuring 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 Discuss Increasing School Safety SpendingFlorida lawmakers appear to be moving toward increasing spending on school-safety spending and change the way law enforcement officers posted at schools are funded.
Fla. Charter Schools Could Get Tax Money To Build Under Senate PlanA 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.
Proposal Emerges To Create Adult Charter SchoolsNudged 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.
State Legislators Approve 8-Percent Cut School FundingIn 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.
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