Fla. Teachers Say No More Education Budget Cuts

Florida faces a $3.8 billion budget shortfall. Deep cuts are expected in every area, but after two years of cutbacks, public school advocates say they can't take any more. Now they've brought their fight to Tallahassee.

Lawmakers are once again sharpening their budget axe, and once again Spring Break has become a call to arms for Florida's teachers.

“No more cuts! No more cuts!”

Thursday, they came here by the hundreds joined by students and parents.

Now, you don't hop on a bus well before dawn without a good reason, and they have one... Budget proposals in the House and Senate are calling for cuts to education spending near 7 percent.

Many schools say they could be forced to eliminate music and art classes, not to mention lay off teachers.

Chris Trevett came here from Seminole County.

“I would say our teaching staff is very depressed, feeling personally attacked,” he said. “Morale is extremely low, and I'm talking an A-plus school, an A-plus school district.”

Republican leaders say the education cuts could be even deeper if not for a plan, widely-expected to pass, that would require teachers to contribute to their pensions.

Wednesday, the speaker of the house amended his proposal to cut school funding by up to 10 percent, saying he's found a way to come up with an extra $75 million to help dull the pain.


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  • by just wondering on Mar 26, 2011 at 07:37 PM
    Tools? If they have school books, pencils and paper, what other kind of tools do you need? One problem the schools have is that they think they need computers and fancy buildings to get educated. Ave Lincoln had none of that and look what he became. People still talk about him and quote him these days. How many of us will be talked about or quoted after we've been dead half as long as him? Cut art, music, sports and band. They are not essential to function in society. Reading, math, science, history and social studies are the main things anyone needs. Make sure history and social studies are accurately taught. There is too much brainwashing and biased teaching these days. We have people coming out of college that can't read, spell or add on a middle school level these days, so we already have the ignorant people problem now. Wasn't the lottery supposed to fund education anyway?
  • by just wondering on Mar 26, 2011 at 07:37 PM
    Tools? If they have school books, pencils and paper, what other kind of tools do you need? One problem the schools have is that they think they need computers and fancy buildings to get educated. Ave Lincoln had none of that and look what he became. People still talk about him and quote him these days. How many of us will be talked about or quoted after we've been dead half as long as him? Cut art, music, sports and band. They are not essential to function in society. Reading, math, science, history and social studies are the main things anyone needs. Make sure history and social studies are accurately taught. There is too much brainwashing and biased teaching these days. We have people coming out of college that can't read, spell or add on a middle school level these days, so we already have the ignorant people problem now. Wasn't the lottery supposed to fund education anyway?
  • by I. Arlyin Location: Florida on Mar 24, 2011 at 10:50 PM
    I know education gets cut every year. Why don't we let our children stay home.People say you need to go to school to get a education, how can they, the teachers are being forced to use some of their money to even have tools to teach with. Children can sit at home and stare out the window, just as easily as they can at school.There has got to be money for tools to work with to capture a childs interest or we've going to have some very ignorant adults in the future.
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