The Outcome of Tallahassee Special Session will Impact Children in the Bay Area

Allegations of Backroom Secret Deals
Posted at 10:30 PM, Jun 07, 2017

The perception of backroom secret deals between the governor and the speaker is now looming over the agreement they made going into this this special session.

And what happens over the next 72 hours has a direct impact on students in Tampa Bay.

Education funding is becoming a political pawn in the negotiations between the Governor who  wants more money for his pet, economic incentives to lure companies to Florida, and conservative Republicans, fighting to reform Florida's education system by re-directing money to charter schools.

A strategy Hillsborough County Superintendent Jeff Eakins says will affect students next year.

"The holding dollars aside just to recruit large dollar operators into a community, those dollars could be impacting are students next year," he says.

But it's the secret closed door negotiations surrounding the education budget that's sparking friction inside the capitol.

Thursday morning the Hillsborough County School Board will be talking about making budget cuts and it's all because of what's going on in Tallahassee.

So no matter what happens up there the cuts to local schools are coming. And all of this is coming down during a Florida economy that is supposedly strong.