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Painful cuts are on the way

Public school districts across the state of Florida are bracing themselves for funding cuts that could result in the loss of tens of millions of dollars in state funding.

Long anticipated cuts are a step closer to reality as the Florida House and Senate budgets are fixed and the reconciliation process begins.

Each proposal contains significant reductions in per pupil funding which could translate into layoffs, reduction in programs and even the closure of schools.

Florida has traditionally underfunded its public education system and the proposed cuts will severely test the ability of school district to maintain quality while attempting to satisfy state mandated initiatives that impose greater accountability, much more to come.....

Hillsborough County School Board Meeting- 2/16 @ 3 PM

Raymond O. Shelton School Administration Center
901 East Kennedy Blvd
Tampa, Fl 33602


In Hillsborough County the public school district is entrusted with a $2.8 billion budget that directly impacts 200,000 students, 30,000 employees and hundreds of vendors and service providers.

A seven member board of elected officials are tasked with overseeing these dollars and providing oversight.

Ultimately, however,it falls upon the citizenry to monitor the conduct and expenditures of public dollars and the quality of education being provided to children.

Reports of many children being unfairly disciplined and referred to law enforcement in this district have been featured prominently in the local media and underscores the need for parents, family members and all stakeholders to actively participate in the educational process.

Recent developments regarding the School Board and Superintendent moving towards a less punitive disciplinary policy is a promising step in the right direction.

Please consider attending this upcoming school board meeting to add your voice to the call for fundamental fairness for all children and families.