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Federal Fiscal Deal Includes Tax Breaks For College

Lawmakers extended college tax breaks in the federal fiscal deal struck late Tuesday, but punted on long-term spending decisions such as federal education funding and financial aid programs, such as Pell Grants for low-income students. The New America Foundation’s Ed Money Watch blog has a nice breakdown of what was included in the so-called “fiscal […]

State Task Force Proposal Would Require School Districts To Fund Charter School Facilities

A state task force is considering a proposal which would require local school districts to give money to charter schools for facilities. Construction, maintenance and other capital expenses has been a growing concern for Florida schools as the state funding for those programs has decreased. A Florida Department of Education task force will meet this […]

Wrapping Up Florida’s School Election Results

Florida voters headed to the polls on Tuesday Many counties held school district races. And education advocates were keeping their eyes on a handful of State House races as well. So who were the winners and who were the losers? Here’s a wrap-up of the results from around the state, after the jump:

Back-To-School Shoppers Get A Sales Tax Break

Shoppers won’t have to pay taxes on certain items this weekend thanks to Florida’s “Back to School Sales Tax Holiday.” It runs Friday through Sunday. The event is expected to bring a boost in state revenue. Shoppers will find tax breaks on school supplies that cost up to $15 and clothing items that cost up […]

County Officials See Signs Florida Property Values Are On The Rise

The Florida real estate market is showing signs it has finally hit bottom, which is good news for schools suffering budget cuts due to a declining property tax base. Martin County officials reported the county’s property tax base declined 1 percent last year. That’s less than county officials expected and the smallest decline in five […]

Seminole County School Board May Test The Waters On Proposed Tax Hike

After laying out every worst-case scenario — including cutting sports teams and turning thermostats up to the state maximum — Seminole County’s school board is now considering asking voters to approve a tax increase, according to the Orlando Sentinel. School officials have previously sought — and failed — a sales tax hike to help pay […]

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