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Flordia GOP wage theft bill amended, stalled in Senate committee

Posted on: February 21st, 2012 by The American Independent No Comments
A bill filed by Florida state Sen. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, that would prohibit Florida cities and counties from passing ordinances that crack down on wage theft, the practice of stiffing workers out of money they are owed, did not make it out of the Senate Judiciary committee Monday.

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Florida construction workers still fighting for owed wages

Posted on: December 14th, 2011 by The American Independent No Comments

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A group of construction workers in Miami Lakes who last week began fighting to receive wages they are owed for several weeks of work will meet today to file a complaint through Miami-Dade County’s anti-wage theft ordinance, a measure under attack in the courts and in the Florida Legislature. (more…)

Florida gov’s proposed budget would increase education spending in some areas

Posted on: December 8th, 2011 by The American Independent No Comments
Gov. Rick Scott’s proposed 2012-2013 budget, announced Wednesday, includes an increase for K-12 education of almost $1.1 billion.

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Florida construction workers fight for unpaid wages as bill to block anti-wage theft ordinances moves forward

Posted on: December 7th, 2011 by The American Independent No Comments
As a Florida House subcommittee voted to pass state Rep. Tom Goodson’s bill that would block local anti-wage theft ordinancestoday, 35 construction workers in Miami Lakes began fighting to receive wages they are owed for several weeks of work.

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Miami-Dade anti-wage theft ordinance is working, study shows

Posted on: November 11th, 2011 by The American Independent No Comments
People Engaged in Active Community Efforts (aka PEACE) released a study Thursday that finds that Miami-Dade County’s anti-wage theft ordinance is “much more effective” at dealing with wage theft claims than the process in Palm Beach County, where no such ordinance exists. The Miami-Dade measure is under attack in the courts, and in the state Legislature.

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Florida Republicans move to drop limits on classroom size

Posted on: April 4th, 2011 by The American Independent No Comments

A bill that would increase the number of students in Florida’s K-12 classrooms is making its way through the legislature, even though voters defeated an Amendment that proposed this increase in the November 2010 election.

The Sun Sentinel reported this Sunday:

Class sizes in Florida public schools may be getting much larger again next fall despite voter-mandated restrictions that went into effect just this year.

Calculus, analytical geometry, anatomy, zoology, Spanish and dozens more of the toughest courses offered in high schools no longer would be considered “core” courses under a new interpretation of the class-size amendment to the state constitution that state lawmakers are pursuing.

The “Class Size Requirements” bill filed by state Sen. David Simmons, R-Maitland, deletes a reference to the state Constitution regarding class size maximums, approved in 2002 by Florida voters.

In the November 2010 general election voters rejected Amendment 8, which would have increased the maximum number of students assigned to each teacher in an individual classroom.

The Florida Constitution currently caps the number of students per classroom at 18 for pre-kindergarten through grade 3, 22 for grades 4 through 8, and 25 for grades 9 through 12.

The Sentinel reports that school officials fall on both sides of the class reduction, adding that:

The Republican-controlled Legislature for years has sought to reduce costs of the class-size amendment, which has run to an additional $18.5 billion for extra teachers and related expenses since its passage in 2002, including $3 billion this year. Officials say the pending changes allow more options in the face of anticipated cuts in state funding.

The Sentinel adds:

Mark Pudlow, spokesman for the Florida Education Association, said the teachers union initially supported giving school districts flexibility in meeting class-size rules but the current proposal is “trying to hoodwink voters” who called for class-size restrictions.

“This is all about saving money,” Pudlow said.

FL: Scott plan calls for continued public spending on private education

Posted on: November 15th, 2010 by The American Independent