Many controversial education-related proposals died with the abrupt end of the Florida Legislature’s spring session.
Some, however, live on as the chambers prepare to negotiate the 2015-16 budget during a June special session. Among the most troubling to school district leaders is a proposal to require districts to share a portion of their local tax revenue for capital projects with charter schools.
“It changes a number of things,” said Pasco County schools superintendent Kurt Browning, who has lobbied regularly against the shift.
He contended it could harm district bond ratings, as well as hinder their efforts to repay existing debt. Plus, he continued, “you’ve got capital needs such as air conditioning and roofs that won’t be able to be taken care of.”