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An acrobat twirled on aerial silks, a midriff-baring dancer performed on gold-and-black stilts, and hundreds of teachers in matching T-shirts lined up for balloon animals and popcorn.

It wasn't a carnival. It was a Broward County School Board meeting.

The Broward Teachers Union's themed protest sought to paint the Broward County Public Schools as a "circus" ahead of Tuesday night's seven-hour meeting at Plantation High School to resolve an impasse over salary negotiations.

Jessica Bakeman / WLRN

A small group of teachers wearing matching red T-shirts with the words “Strong Public Schools” gathered on the street corner outside the Northwest Regional Library in Coral Springs on Wednesday afternoon, ringing cowbells and asking drivers to honk in support.

There were more than a dozen similar scenes throughout Broward County, as public school teachers worked to pressure district officials over salary negotiations.

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On this Monday, Feb. 10, episode of Sundial:

Update on education policies in the 2020 legislature 

Florida business leaders have joined the fight to increase teacher pay. 

Teacher Pay Increase Plans Don’t Include Bonus Programs

Jan 30, 2020
Amy Beth Bennett / South Florida Sun Sentinel

House and Senate education budget writers have released competing proposals for teacher salary increases, a top priority of Gov. Ron DeSantis that is expected to be a key issue during negotiations on the upcoming state budget.

House PreK-12 Appropriations Chairman Chris Latvala, R-Clearwater, said Wednesday the House wants to provide $650 million for teacher pay increases and no funding for bonus programs for teachers and principals.

Jessica Bakeman / WLRN

Florida teachers have won some battles on the pay front in recent years — but for them, it’s too little, too late.

Jessica Bakeman / WLRN

Teachers throughout Florida are making their way to Tallahassee to protest on Monday, the eve of the start of the 2020 legislative session. The teachers unions expects thousands of teachers, parents, and supporters of public education to take part.

Florida Education Association says inadequate funding has turned Florida’s public education system into one of the worst in the country. Despite Governor Ron DeSantis proclaiming this is the “Year of the Teacher” and proposing a minimum teacher salary of $47,500, and another $300 million in bonuses—Florida teachers want more.

Photo by Em Watson

On this Wednesday, Jan. 8, episode of Sundial:

Iranians In South Florida React

Iran vowed revenge against the U.S. after an airstrike ordered by President Donald J. Trump killed Iranian top general Qassem Soleimani. On Wednesday, Iran fulfilled its promise to retaliate by launching missiles that struck U.S. forces in Iraq. 

Senate President Bill Galvano had breakfast with members of the Capitol press corps Tuesday, fielding questions on (just about) everything under the Sunshine. Here are a few of the matters Galvano weighed in on:

Walter Michot / Miami Herald

The Broward Teachers Union, unhappy with the response from the Broward County School District,  declared an impasse over contract negotiations earlier this week.

It's been the subject of derision and lawsuits. Even Gov. Ron DeSantis has been critical of the program. Now the lights could be dimming on Florida's Best & Brightest teacher bonus program. A Florida Senate education panel got started on a repeal Monday.

Chris Day / Fresh Take Florida

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is proposing a $91.4 billion state budget for the fiscal year that begins in July.

The budget proposal released Monday is slightly more than the state’s current $91 billion spending plan.

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.

Gov. Ron DeSantis Pitches New Teacher Bonus Program

Nov 15, 2019
Al Diaz / Miami Herald

TALLAHASSEE --- Gov. Ron DeSantis wants the Florida Legislature to abandon the embattled “Best and Brightest” bonus program and replace it with a new plan to offer bonuses to public-school teachers and principals.

The governor said Thursday his proposed bonus program aims to provide incentives to teachers and principals to work at schools in low-income areas. He said he will propose spending $300 million on the program.

“We think this is an improvement on the Best and Brightest program,” DeSantis said at a news conference in Vero Beach.

Scott Keeler / Associated Press

Governor Ron DeSantis and Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran announced a new program that would offer thousands of dollars in bonuses to teachers and principals at schools that show improvement under the state’s grading system.

Latvala: Budget Cuts May Be Necessary To Pay For Teacher Raises

Oct 18, 2019

A House education panel on Thursday began delving into the issue of raising teacher pay, with a key lawmaker saying that while "everything is on the table," the panel still needs to figure out where the money would come from.

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