VOUCHERS: A proposal to create a new private school voucher program to supplement the existing tax-credit scholarship program for low income students passes its first committee in the Florida House. The measure, more expansive than the Senate’s version, would increase the income eligibility over time, so more middle class families could participate. More from the Orlando Sentinel, News Service of Florida. BONUS PAY: Non-classroom teachers in Pasco County won’t be getting a bonus they received last year when their district provided an amount equal to a Best and Brightest award, even though they weren’t eligible for the state program. • The Lee County school district loses $200,000 in Best and Brightest funding because of a paperwork error, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. SALES TAX FUNDS: Hillsborough County schools begin to see progress on repair projects paid for by the district’s new sales tax. An oversight committee plans to discuss how charter … [Read more...] about Florida education news: Vouchers, bonus pay, tax revenue and more
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Colleen Slevin and Carolyn Thompson The Associated Press Published 4:35 PM EST Feb 15, 2019 DENVER — Denver teachers went on strike to improve their pay, but the fight wasn't that simple. Emboldened by teacher activism nationwide and struggling to live in a rapidly growing city, Denver educators challenged one of the nation's oldest incentive pay systems, which was originally endorsed by the teachers union and education reform advocates. The system known as Professional Compensation, or ProComp, allows teachers to add on to their base salary by earning bonuses of up to $3,000 a year for working in a hard-to-staff position or high poverty school or if their schools improve. Administrators and teachers on Thursday reached a tentative deal for better pay that ended a three-day walkout. But the union compromised on a $3,000 bonus for teachers who work in the district's most challenging schools that it said wasn't helping keep educators in those schools. Both sides agreed to … [Read more...] about Denver teacher strike revealed U.S. divide over bonus pay
Colleen Slevin and Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press Updated 10:26 pm CST, Wednesday, February 13, 2019 An instructor carries a placard as she marches to Denver Public Schools headquarters to deliver Valentine Day cards Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, in Denver. Teachers walked off their jobs Monday, the first strike by teachers in Denver in 25 years. less An instructor carries a placard as she marches to Denver Public Schools headquarters to deliver Valentine Day cards Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, in Denver. Teachers walked off their jobs Monday, the first strike ... more Photo: David Zalubowski, AP Photo: David Zalubowski, AP Image 1 of / 4 Caption Close Image 1 of 4 An instructor carries a placard as she marches to Denver Public Schools headquarters to deliver Valentine Day cards … [Read more...] about Denver teacher strike reveals US divide over bonus pay
Sylvie Corbet and Angela Charlton, Associated Press Updated 3:20 pm PST, Monday, December 10, 2018 TV screens show French President Emmanuel during a televised address to the nation, at an electrical appliance store in Marseille, southern France, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. President Emmanuel Macron has acknowledged he's partially responsible for the anger that has fueled weeks of protests in France, an unusual admission for the leader elected last year. less TV screens show French President Emmanuel during a televised address to the nation, at an electrical appliance store in Marseille, southern France, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. President Emmanuel Macron has ... more Photo: Claude Paris, AP Photo: Claude Paris, AP Image 1 of / 10 Caption Close Image 1 of 10 TV screens show French … [Read more...] about Macron vows tax cuts, pay rise; will France’s anger subside?
By DEROY MURDOCK September 06. 2018 11:36PM Amid the Mobius-strip-like endlessness of Robert Mueller’s inquisition, Republicans should remember what may be their best weapon to keep Congress: the GOP tax cut. Republicans should promote its advantages and effects, from sea to shining sea.“The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act cut taxes for average American households in every state and every congressional district,” Heritage Foundation scholars Kevin Dayaratna, Parker Sheppard, and Adam Michel recently wrote. “In 2018, taxpayers will save an average of $1,400, and married couples with two children will save $2,917. Over the next 10 years, because of a larger economy driven by tax cuts and the tax cuts themselves, the typical American household will benefit from more than $26,000 more in take-home pay, or $44,697 for a family of four. These benefits could be even greater if the tax law is made permanent, and could disappear if the tax cuts are repealed.”Voters, … [Read more...] about Deroy Murdock: Republicans should toot their own tax cut horn