school funding

Jessica Bakeman / WLRN

Teachers union members rallied outside the Sunrise Civic Center Friday as part of a statewide bus tour advocating for more education funding.

The Broward County stop was part of the five-week tour called "Fund Our Future." The Florida Education Association is asking for an investment of $2.4 billion dollars in public education: $1 billion to give teachers and other school employees a 10 percent raise and the rest for arts programs, classroom equipment and infrastructure upgrades.

Lily Oppenheimer / WLRN

South Florida headcounts during the 2020 U.S. Census will determine how much federal funding out of $675 billion will be invested in local communities over the next decade. It’s also critical in deciding Congressional seats and political power. 

To encourage more participation so South Florida sees its fair share of distributed federal tax dollars, the City of Miami announced its awareness campaign - Make Miami Count (#MakeMiamiCount.) 

El Nuevo Herald file

A national education reform advocacy group that released a report last week arguing Florida’s urban school districts spend less on schools with a majority of nonwhite students has acknowledged the analysis was flawed and issued a new study with an apology.

Miami Herald

UPDATED: Education Reform Now has acknowledged its report was inaccurate and has reissued the report with an apology. Read more here.

South Florida schools with mostly white students are better funded than those with mostly black and Latino students, according to a new report from a national education reform advocacy organization.

Consortium of Florida Education Foundations

A fresh redesign of the ‘Support Education’ specialty license plate was released Tuesday statewide.

It's the first update to the plate since it first launched 25 years ago. It now shows two children basking under palm trees, opening books and stretching out under a beachy sunset.

When a Florida resident purchases or renews this specialty tag, proceeds go directly back to support public schools and classrooms in the county where the tag is registered.

Broward Schools Give Big Raises To Administrators

Sep 28, 2018
Joe Rimkus Jr. / Miami Herald

The Broward County School District gave 11 district administrators big raises last school year, and then warned the public it was short on money.

The raises ranged from 7 percent to 21 percent, well above the 2.2 percent increases approved for most district employees. None of the 11 employees received promotions but continued to work in their same jobs. District officials said the raises were given to ensure employees received competitive pay so they would stay in the district.

The employees include:

A long-running lawsuit over whether the state is properly funding its public schools is now before the Florida Supreme Court.  Oral arguments have been scheduled for November 8th.

Andrea Perdomo / WLRN News

Most public schools in South Florida provide few supplies to teachers at the start of a new school year.

Dwan Hunt McClain is a teacher at North Miami Senior High School. She said the school gives her a stapler, a pack of paper and maybe some pens. 

"Everything else is on us," she said.

The Education Fund, an organization that was created to find ways for the private sector to help public education, has been providing a space for teachers to get school supplies for 25 years, through a partnership with Ocean Bank.

Florida House Backs Study Of School Funding Issue

Feb 15, 2018

With backing from Republican education leaders, a key House committee Wednesday approved a bill that could be a first step toward trying to revise how money is distributed to school districts.

Amanda Rabines / WLRN

Broward County Public Schools and another large Florida school district begrudgingly distributed more than $15 million in local construction funding to privately-run charters on Friday after they were urged to — and, the districts claim, threatened — by the state Department of Education.

Florida Senate Seeks Slightly Higher Student Funding Than House

Jan 25, 2018

A key Senate education panel released a budget proposal Wednesday that would increase public-school funding by $110 per student in 2018-2019.

Joe Rimkus Jr. / Miami Herald

The Broward County school district was passed over — again — for an extra $2,000 per student at three of its most struggling elementary schools.

Miami Herald file

Amid worries over stagnant state education funding, the Miami-Dade County School Board is considering a property tax hike to fund teacher raises.

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