FL In January, voters in Florida passed a statewide property tax cut amendment that AFT leaders and other public employee unions in the state are warning will have a dire impact on public services.
The amendment is projected to cut $9.3 billion in taxes over the first five years, including $204 million from Miami-Dade County schools and $144 million from Broward County schools. The AFT represents educators in both of these large school districts. Andy Ford, president of the Florida Education Association and an AFT vice president, says the amendment exposes the state to "significant revenue challenges," and he has urged Gov. Charlie Grist to work with the union "to find the necessary resources to properly fund our public schools."
LA AFT members in Shreveport, La., continue to stand up for their most basic rights in the face of a school district trying to silence them. At the start of the school year, bus drivers who belong to the Caddo Federation of Teachers and Support Personnel ran tests to measure the heat and humidity aboard their buses and found temperatures spiking to 116 degrees. Once this information became …
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Publication information: Article title: State Lines. Contributors: Not available. Magazine title: American Teacher. Volume: 92. Issue: 6 Publication date: March 2008. Page number: 14. © American Federation of Teachers Feb 2009. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.