Florida education news: School taxes, FCAT results, student funding and more
SMALL BREAK: The tentative budget for Pinellas schools includes a tax rate decrease of 1 cent per $1,000 of value.
SELFISH: Pasco School Board member Kathryn Starkey's vote against a tax increase for the district smacks of political ambition, the Times editorializes.
SPEAKING OF TAXES: The Indian River School Board agrees to impose a .25 mill rate increase for critical operating needs, the Vero Beach Press-Journal reports. • The Orange School Board will ask voters to implement a four-year, 1 mill increase to their property tax rate, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • The Bay School Board proposes a tax rate reduction as it pushes for a sales tax referendum that would support capital improvements, the Walton Sun reports.
STILL WAITING: The Holmes school district delays delivering FCAT results to parents amid controversy over the scoring, the Holmes Times Advertiser reports.
DISMISSED: The state Ethics Commission rejects a complaint filed against a Martin School Board member, the Stuart News reports.
UPPING THE ANTE: The Monroe school district offers to sell a developer property it wants, but for more than it has offered to pay, the Keynoter reports.
BIG BONUSES: The University of Central Florida will pay its top administrators nearly $300,000 in bonuses, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
LOW FUNDING: The Santa Rosa School Board works to balance its budget with the lowest per-student funding in Florida, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.