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Show them the money



The FCAT is approaching. In some districts, finals are even closer. And there's a whole semester of education left before the summer.

So where are Florida school leaders' eyes focused?

On their budgets, of course.

With revenue estimates worsening monthly, several school boards are talking about what they might need to cut. The Collier School Board is considering $8-million in reductions for this fiscal year alone, the Naples Daily News reports.

Meanwhile, Amendment 1 to change the state's property tax structure has many districts concerned that already tight times could get even worse. In addition to state organizations including the School Boards Association and the Florida Education Association, many local school leaders are doing what they can to let folks know just how much passage of the referendum could affect education.

Both Pasco's administration and employees association have launched information campaigns. So, too have several central Florida school districts, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

"We can't print money in the basement," Seminole School Board member Jeanne Morris told the Sentinel. "I don't know what is going to happen."

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:32am]


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