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Teacher: Public Schools Matter

Teacher: Public Schools Matter I encourage you to read this excellent editorial by Citrus County teacher Donald Whitaker that runs in Saturday’s Citrus Chronicle. Except from the editorial: “Teachers strive to be the shining light down the future’s uncertain path, yet we cannot do this alone. We need parents to support us and our discipline […]

Back to school TAX FREE

Back to school TAX FREE August 4th-6th, start planning your purchases now! Florida’s annual back-to-school sales tax holiday will be August 4th-6th, 2017. The Sun Sentinel reports that Floridians will save an estimated $33.4 million in taxes during the three-day shopping extravaganza.  

LifeSouth: ‘emergency’ need for donations

LifeSouth: ‘emergency’ need for donations LifeSouth Community Blood Centers is facing an emergency need for all blood types and encourages the community to donate. Summer is historically a slow time for blood donations due to travel and school breaks, while the need to help patients in local hospitals remains constant. This summer continues to be […]

Get out the sunscreen… No doctor’s or parent’s note needed

Get out the sunscreen… No doctor’s or parent’s note needed HB 7069 gives parents and students right to use sunscreen as needed For a number of years I have pushed for more common sense laws with regard to over-the-counter products use in our schools.  Items like chapstick, cough drops, acetaminophen, and sunscreen should be items […]

HB 7069 signed into law

HB 7069 signed into law By Thomas Kennedy Originally published in the Citrus County Chronicle, July 2, 2017 Mention this legislative session’s House Bill 7069 and strong emotions often come forward. Now that Gov. Rick Scott has signed into law HB 7069 it isn’t a question of what could happen, but now what will happen. […]

FRS Petition system up 14 percent

FRS Petition system up 14 percent Lawmakers increase again FRS contributions, Citrus Schools increased another $370K It was recently reported that Florida’s Retirement System is up 14.24 percent for the fiscal year. (see full story: http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/officials-expect-state-pension-fund-increase-fiscal-year) I am pleased that FRS is healthy, but let us not forget that this was done on the backs […]