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Bill would kill Florida school board salaries



School board members elected or re-elected in 2012 or afterwards will no longer earn salaries and benefits under a bill filed in the Senate. Instead, they could receive stipends of up to $100 per board meeting.

SPB 7234, filed last Thursday, is scheduled to be heard in the Pre-K-12 Education Committee tomorrow.

"This is just one more indication of the desire to destroy public education as we know it," Pinellas School Board Chair Carol Cook told The Gradebook.

Cook suggested the bill might be political payback because school boards have fought for more funding and fought back against some mandates.

"I question the timing of it all," she said, noting that many school board members were in Tallahassee the week before last. "Is it a coincidence that we happen to be there irritating them and the next week they come out with this? I don't know."

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[Last modified: Monday, April 4, 2011 12:06pm]


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