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White House Says Orange County Schools Need Proposed Jobs Bill

Orange County is a White House poster child for the school renovation money tucked into president Barack Obama’s jobs bill. A White House press release points to a report from the Council on Great City Schools outlining urban school districts’ infrastructure needs. The White House notes that Orange County schools would receive $169.6 million to […]

Biden Tells Pasco Stories to Sell Jobs Plan

Pitching the effects on Pasco County elementary students, Vice President Joe Biden made a case for President Barack Obama’s jobs bill Tuesday. Biden pulled plenty of local anecdotes for his stop at Oakstead Elementary School in Land O’ Lakes: The $54 million shortfall the district faced this year; the 513 jobs cut; the eight Oakstead […]

Did Florida Schools Spend Stimulus Money Wisely?

Florida’s largest school districts spent just half the federal stimulus money intended to improve low-income student performance on those programs, according to an investigation by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting. Instead, districts spent more than $200 million of the $400 million of the money — known as Title I — on employee salaries and […]

Obama Jobs Plan Includes $3 Billion for Florida Teachers, Schools

President Barack Obama’s jobs bill would pump $1.7 billion dollars into Florida to preserve teacher and first responder jobs, according to details released this week. Florida would also receive $1.3 billion to modernize and upgrade school facilities. The White House estimates the projects would support 16,600 jobs. Obama held a Rose Garden press conference to […]

Five Questions About Florida’s Next Lap in “Race To The Top”

Lawmakers gave a delayed go-ahead this week to compete in the latest round of federal Race to the Top education grants — this time for early childhood education projects. Here’s what to know about the latest version of the federal program to spur education innovation. 1. Another Race to the Top grant? The federal education […]

Feds Prioritize Deporting Undocumented Convicts Over Students

President Barack Obama’s administration announced it would prioritize deporting people convicted of crimes, while putting a lower priority on undocumented children who came to the U.S. when very young, military veterans and spouses of active duty military. The announcement follows StateImpact Florida’s story Wednesday about students who have been granted a temporary reprieve from deportation […]

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