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Cut salaries, don't close schools, Florida House says



From the Buzz:

The state House on Wednesday passed a divisive amendment to its budget proposal, prohibiting some school districts from closing schools without first slashing the salaries of top administrators.

Opponents said the amendment was a thinly veiled shot at the Seminole County school district, which recently threatened to close schools if the Legislature did not increase education funding.

 "Closing schools is a very emotional thing to do to parents," said Rep. Ana Rivas Logan, R-Miami.

Democrats, however, said Tallahassee should mind its own business.

"This is a very dangerous amendment," said Rep. Martin Kiar, D-Davie. "You are taking away local control and having Tallahassee make the decisions about what local school boards can or cannot do."

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[Last modified: Wednesday, February 8, 2012 2:49pm]


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