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"A nearly insurmountable hurdle"



Hurdle_2As lawmakers head into a special session on taxes today, the Florida Education Association is raising concerns that the amount of money that school districts stand to lose under proposed cuts could be catastrophic. Andy Ford, the union's president, issued comments this morning raising the alarm.

"The current proposal reduces education's tax base by more than $7.1 billion over five years, a cut so significant that it presents a nearly insurmountable hurdle to funding schools and students.  Florida would merely fight to stay where we currently are – near the bottom of far too many public education funding analyses comparing our state with others nationally," Ford said. To read his full remarks, click here.

Democrats, whose votes are needed to get the tax package through, have already taken up the call. They have threatened to withhold support so long as the schools stand to be harmed. Keep your eyes on Tallahassee to see how things turn out. (You can watch at your desk by clicking here. Don't tell your boss who gave you the link.)

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:18am]


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