Florida workers comp rates fall, lessening legislative battle’s urgency

Crisis, what crisis?  Just a year after dire predictions that the state’s economy was in peril due to rising insurance costs, Florida businesses could see an average 9.3 percent reduction in workers’ compensation premiums in the coming year under a rate filing Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier will consider later this month.  If approved, manufacturing businesses…

CRC panel focused on constitutional rights starts narrowing focus

A Constitution Revision Commission panel tasked with reviewing proposed amendments to the first article of the Florida Constitution is using a deluge of public proposals to narrow its scope for future meetings.  The commission meets every 20 years to propose constitutional changes, which must then receive 60 percent support from voters. The CRC’s Declaration of…

State lawmakers want flexibility for Florida schools to take in displaced Puerto Ricans

As Florida communities prepare to take in Puerto Ricans displaced by Hurricane Maria, five lawmakers are asking the state’s top education official to grant flexibility to public schools so they can accommodate additional students in the coming months.  In a letter to state Education Commissioner Pam Stewart on Monday, the lawmakers formally asked the state…

Stage is set for a big court battle over Florida’s funding of charter schools

The legal war has officially begun over a highly controversial, charter school-friendly education law Republican state lawmakers pushed through last spring.  Palm Beach County School Board members filed a lawsuit this week challenging the constitutionality of one part of House Bill 7069. Another, potentially more far-reaching lawsuit with the backing of at least 14 other school…

FSBA #FridayFive – September 29, 2017

  5 Things You Should Know in Education News Click below to read Executive Director Andrea Messina’s top picks for this week’s education news. Read. Learn. Share. Retweet. 1. Think traditional public schools are short on choice?  Think again:  READ ABOUT IT 2. Innovative school model-NY’s  Portfolio School: READ ABOUT IT 3. Understanding the impacts of the “word…

U.S. Department of Education Announces Hurricane Flexibility Guidance

As part of its ongoing work to aid hurricane relief efforts, today the Department of Education released new non-regulatory guidance to help Department grantees and program participants remove barriers to restoring teaching and learning environments and to expediting the recovery process for all those impacted by the recent hurricanes. Read More