Education

With anti-Semitic incidents on the rise in Florida, Jewish day schools are stepping up security with the promise of new funding from the state.

Gov. Rick Scott visited Brauser Maimonides Academy in Fort Lauderdale on Tuesday to highlight the measure. It’s one of 35 private Jewish schools in the state that will share the $650,000 grant in this year’s budget.

School officials and teachers unions across the state have expressed outrage over a comprehensive education bill passed by the Florida legislature, and are calling for a veto from Gov. Rick Scott. Their objections stem -- in part -- from a requirement that public schools share local taxpayer revenue with charter schools for capital projects.

Photo: KathleenPassidomo.com

Weeks after lawmakers wrapped up their work in Tallahassee, Gov. Rick Scott is calling them back to the capital for a special session. On Gulf Coast Live, Sen. Kathleen Passidomo joins the show to discuss what she's focusing on for Southwest Florida when it comes to the state budget and the special session.

Governor Rick Scott says he will veto the legislature’s education funding proposal, sending lawmakers back to the drawing board in a special session next week. Scott says he and legislative leaders have agreed to spend another $200 million for education, and put more money into the state’s tourism and job recruitment agencies.

Among the $410 million worth of projects struck from the new state budget by Governor Rick Scott's veto pen are a number of items with ties to the Tampa Bay area.

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