State funds and district policies will be discussed in Hillsborough board workshops
On the count of three, kids, thank your state government for the extra $6.25.
That's what each student will get this year, according to math Hillsborough district leaders will share Tuesday at a School Board workshop.
School spending in Florida, which was described at various times this year as unprecented and record-breaking, adds up to $42.6 million in additional revenues for Hillsborough.
But from that $42.6 million, you have to subract $29 million to pay for population growth, especially in the southeast. Then the district must pay $3.4 million for charter school growth, $5.9 million to give some students an extra hour of reading instruction, and other requirements -- including higher payments to the retirement system and the increased cost of digital learning -- that leave the district with an estimated $1.3 million in new money. Divide that $1.3 million by an expected 212,127 students and it starts to look more like a fast-food breakfast than a windfall.
Expect some grousing at Tuesday's 2 p.m. workshop, which the Tampa Bay Times will cover.
At 10 a.m. the board will discuss proposed policy revisions. Among them: To protect transgender students and staff, there is a move to add the phrase "gender expression" to several anti-harassment policies.
In addition, this clause was also added to a policy on ethical conduct: "In order to promote a professional work environment that is free from harassment, hostility, and/or discrimination, administrators shall refrain from dating or engaging in consensual sexual relationships with employees they supervise."
All school board workshops are open to the public and are held at 901 E. Kennedy Boulevard in Tampa.