DeSantis budget vetoes hit school, allies’ college priorities

Posted June 6

The big story: A day after Governor Ron DeSantis signed what he called Florida’s biggest state budget, much of the talk remained focused on his sweeping vetoes.

DeSantis said he doesn’t necessarily disapprove of the projects he cut, but rather that the state should keep the spending plan below $110 billion, just in case. Several observers could not help noticing that the governor had eliminated elements that had broad community and legislative support, without offering an explanation.

Some were the priorities of key legislators who had served as staunch allies.

One example was a major science center for the University of South Florida campus in St. Petersburg, highly touted by House Speaker Chris Sprows. Considered a centerpiece of the waterfront campus, DeSantis killed the $75 million credit as Sprows stood behind him with a grin.

Now donors are hoping for better results next year.

Hot topics

Campus Security: The Broward County School District no backpacks for the last three days of classes, reports WSVN. • DeSantis has enacted new measures aimed at improve school safety laws in floridareports Sun-Sentinel.

Firearms at school: Officers found a box containing loaded weapons on the campus of a Broward County charter school. It belonged to the principal, reports WSVN. • Two teenage brothers were arrested on charges of carry weapons and ammunition at another Broward County charter school, WPLG reports.

Teacher compensation: Miami-Dade County voters will decide in November whether they want increase their local property taxes to help give teachers and other employees a raise, reports the Miami Herald. • Negotiators for the Brevard County teacher contract have come up against differences on recurring salary increasesreports Florida Today.

Book Challenges: Some Floridians call for books to be removed from schools are not related and have not read all the documents, reports WFTS.

Other school news

A Palm Beach County School Board member has called a police shooting of a man who crashed on a school campus a “murder”. Groups of police were offendedreports the Palm Beach Post.

Doctors told a Lake County teenager she would never walk again after an accident that resulted in a traumatic brain injury. She crossed the stage for her high school graduation ceremony, reports WKMG.

School board elections are heating up, as candidates qualify. Candidates for Sarasota County School Board Offices squared at a moderated forum, reports the Herald-Tribune.

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