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Florida superintendents strike back against lawmakers' claims on construction costs



Anticipating a move to claim local capital projects tax revenue, Florida's school superintendents on Monday issued a pointed rejection to lawmakers' allegations that district have misspent school construction funds.

They write to lawmakers:

"The House Education Appropriations Subcommittee released a report during their Jan. 21, 2016 meeting that was critical of school districts and their capital outlay expenditures based on per student stations. Primarily, the report used the cost per student station as a measure to infer that school districts had not been good stewards of taxpayers' dollars. 

"This simply is not accurate, and the methodology used in the report to calculate the per student station costs is flawed, thereby the resulting conclusions are not sound."

Among the concerns, the superintendents note the report did not include any projects that came in at or below budget. They also point out that the report included projects that did not always include only classrooms.

Read the superintendents' letter and overview on capital improvement taxes for more details.

Lawmakers have not set forth all their plans for education budgeting this year. There are differences between the House and Senate so far. The superintendents are aiming to make an impact before conversations get too far along.

[Last modified: Monday, February 1, 2016 5:11pm]


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