Thursday, March 24, 2011

Governor Signs Some Education Bills

The governor recently signed HB 98 - Capital Outlay Funding Modifications.  This bill allows school districts with fewer than 2500 students to use capital funds for maintenance and operations.  This is good for those small districts that have lots of money sitting in their capital fund, because they have no need for new buildings, and not as much money on an ongoing basis in their maintenance and operation fund.

The governor also signed SB 206 - Labor Organization Provisions in Teacher Contracts.  This bill says that teachers can drop their Association membership and stop having payroll deduction of dues at any time by writing to the District.  Because this is current practice, whether that notification be in writing to JEA or JSD, this does not affect what we already do.

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