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Cut school admins, help classrooms?



The House policy and budget council just approved Rep. Juan Zapata's  proposal to cut administrative school district costs by 2.5 percent and move that money into the classroom.

"We're going to free up some dollars that we'll be able to put back into the classroom," said Zapata, Miami-Dade Republican. He said some of the most bloated administrative costs are in the Miami-Dade school district. "What's going on there is a shame."

But education reps don't want it.

Wayne Blanton, executive director for the Florida School Boards Association, said the change would take away the flexibility schools need in a time of shrinking dollars.

"That's a local issue," he said. "What might work in Pinellas County won't necessarily work for another district."

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:38am]


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