Construction funding is crumbling
College buildings around the state of Florida need repairs while plans for other projects sit in the wings, and a state task force is now designated to figure out where the money for the buildings will come from. The Florida Board of Governors’ Task Force on Facilities Funding finished a two day meeting yesterday. University of Florida Chief Financial Officer Matt Fajack says the group has to make up a projected shortfall of Public Education Capital Outlay, or PECO money.
He says state projects normally receive anywhere between $100 million and $350 million, but that funding has been significantly drawn back this year because Florida is not growing and residents are switching away from landline phones, which were formerly taxed for the fund. Fajack says, without the funding, there will be no new construction projects on campus, and buildings which need to be renovated or remodeled will be left as is.
The task force members will now work on finding alternatives to PECO before meeting again in mid-June. Fajack says members plan to put a proposal before the Board of Governors by late September or early October.
More Stories in Education
Beginning Sept. 20, families that purchase a Florida Prepaid College Plan may receive refund benefits, price reductions and waived enrollment fees. Payment reductions will be applied to Prepaid Plans and refund checks will be processed and mailed within four to six weeks after.
A Clay County mother has filed a complaint with FERPA after her daughter was told to wear a pair of red pants and a bright yellow T-shirt with the words “Dress Code Violation” visibly printed on both. The punishment came after an Oakleaf High School teacher said the student’s skirt was too short.
According to a letter from the Alachua County Superintendent of Schools Owen Roberts, FAIR testing for students in kindergarten through the second grade has been cancelled for the year. The test will be temporarily replaced by an observational sheet for each student.
Alachua County Public School juniors continue to outperform their peers in the state on the ACT college entrance exam in 2014 and almost achieve the national average score by students who are graduating. The average overall score for Alachua County juniors is [...]
An Alachua County teacher is refusing to administer a state-mandated test to her students.