TALLAHASSSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida legislators are going to
school in their quest for money.
A Senate bill (SB 1248) approved in committee Thursday would
give school districts the authority to seek from parents 100
percent of the actual replacement cost for instructional materials
not returned at the end of the school year.
The measure's sponsor, Sen. Stephen Wise, R-Jacksonville, said
lost inventory in Florida's public schools in the past two years
totaled more than $65 million.
During Thursday's debate, one lawmaker suggested that teachers
and school administrators also be held accountable for missing
supplies and equipment.
The current statute is less stringent and means the state's
school districts swallow significant financial losses.
New bill deletes a provision that requires a public school prinicipal to collect 50 to 75 percent of a textbook's purchase price from a student who has lost, destroyed, or damaged a textbook that has been in use for more than 1 year. EFFECTIVE DATE: 07/01/2009.
To find out other bills passed during 2009 session click: www.flsenate.gov