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January 25, 2019 - Volume 39 Issue 3

FL – Scholarships for Bullied Students Get Fewer Takers Than Predicted, Officials Say

The Hope Scholarship is to be paid for by residents who buy new cars and decide to earmark $105 they would pay in state taxes to a scholarship fund instead. The state started collecting the money in October, and Pfountz said about $4 million was raised in the first month. (Orlando Sentinel, Jan. 17)

The Hope Scholarship is to be paid for by residents who buy new cars and decide to earmark $105 they would pay in state taxes to a scholarship fund instead. The state started collecting the money in October, and Pfountz said about $4 million was raised in the first month. (Orlando Sentinel, Jan. 17)

“The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.” - Plato (427 BCE - 327 BCE), philosopher in Classical Greece and the founder of the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world. He is widely considered the pivotal figure in the development of Western philosophy.

“That’s not my concept of a charter school.” – Sen. Rollan Roberts, reacting to charter school provisions in the new omnibus education bill

“You cannot change the complexion of education in one fell swoop.” – Sen. Paul Hardesty on the omnibus education bill

“I’m genuinely concerned that this is the first step of a two-step process and that a future legislature – be it under the control of either party – will use this newly created authority to wreak havoc on out local school systems.” – Delegate Mick Bates, speaking in opposition to the proposed constitutional amendment that would allow the legislature to eliminate the property tax on business machinery, equipment and inventory

“This is the first important step to untying the hands of future legislators.” – Delegate Jim Butler, speaking in favor of the proposed constitutional amendment

“For as many teacher colleges as we have in the state, we’re not getting the numbers we need to fill the vacancies that we have in our schools in several of these areas.” – Assistant Supt. Michele Blatt on problems getting enough fully certified teachers in some subjects.

“I think this takes care of all the issues we have with anybody pretty much working in the public schools.” – Delegate Steve Westfall on a pair of bills to get rid of teachers and others in public schools if they are convicted of sex offenses or drug dealing