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Hillsborough school board will consider a stand on amendments

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October

Expect a discussion at Tuesday's Hillsborough County School Board meeting on Florida constitutional amendments that will be on the Nov. 6 ballot.

"I think it will be a lively discussion," said board chairwoman Candy Olson, who has asked government relations officer Connie Millito to prepare an analysis.

Especially controversal is Amendment 8, which would end the state's ban on giving public dollars to religious institutions. In essence, it would repeal a "no aid" clause now in the constitution.

Dozens of school districts have gone on record opposing the move, which they see as a mechanism of steering state funding to religious schools. The Florida School Boards Association has opposed it as well.

Olson said she's not in favor of any of the proposed amendments. "Some of these are good ideas, but they don't need to be in our Constitution," she said.

[Last modified: Friday, October 5, 2012 10:16am]

    

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