The Brink Foundation

Painful cuts are on the way

Public school districts across the state of Florida are bracing themselves for funding cuts that could result in the loss of tens of millions of dollars in state funding.

Long anticipated cuts are a step closer to reality as the Florida House and Senate budgets are fixed and the reconciliation process begins.

Each proposal contains significant reductions in per pupil funding which could translate into layoffs, reduction in programs and even the closure of schools.

Florida has traditionally underfunded its public education system and the proposed cuts will severely test the ability of school district to maintain quality while attempting to satisfy state mandated initiatives that impose greater accountability, much more to come.....

Events

Hillsborough County School Board Meeting - Aug, 12, 2014 @ 3 PM

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Raymond O. Shelton School Administration Center
901 East Kennedy Blvd
Tampa, Fl 33602

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In Hillsborough County the public school district is entrusted with a $2.8 billion budget that directly impacts 200,000 students, 30,000 employees and hundreds of vendors and service providers.

A seven member board of elected officials are tasked with overseeing these dollars and providing oversight.

Ultimately, however,it falls upon the citizenry to monitor the conduct and expenditures of public dollars and the quality of education being provided to children.

Recent reports of special-needs children being abused and, in some instances, even dying under the care of the district have been featured prominently in our local media and underscores the need for parents, family members and all stakeholders to actively participate in the educational process.

Please consider attending this school board meeting to add your voice to the call for an independent investigation into the manner in which the school district is caring for children in Hillsborough County and for fiscal transparency and accountability.