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March 12, 2013 $1

NFL Free Agency

Jags Reach out to Cox
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Judge Cans NYC limit on sugary drinks
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Team steps up effort to re-sign amid ‘vigorous’ market for CB

Water overthrows Soda as drink of choice in U.S.
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Jets sign Ex-Jags QB Garrard; VikEs tRade Harvin to Seahawks

This month your only chance to see Pan-STARRS comet

Vitti wants to cut back Schultz Center funding
Education chief would also bring district employees back to schools
By Khristopher J. Brooks

State Senate panel rejects Medicaid expansion
Among alternatives offered is plan by Bean that relies on subsidies
By Matt Dixon

Duval dollars sent to the Schultz Center
A majority of the Schultz Center for Teaching and Leadership’s revenue comes from Duval County Public Schools.
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Total Schultz revenue Duval’s funding 4.18M 3.06M 2.93M 3.8M 3.26M 3.15M 2.87M 2.73M 3.16M 2.45M 2.45M
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Duval County Superintendent Nikolai Vitti wants to cut about 80 percent of the school district’s $2.45 million spending at the Schultz Center for Teaching and Leadership. Vitti will present details for a new agreement with the center to the School Board on Friday. Details aren’t final, but Vitti’s changes would decrease the amount of funding going to Schultz for teacher professional development, remove all 35 district employees who are working at the center and put the district in charge of all teacher professional development. The proposed changes stem from what the new superintendent believes are duplications and inefficiencies in the way the district handles staff training. “The amount of funding dedicated to the Schultz Center concerns me, but more importantly, my concern rests with the fact that I do not see evidence that the district has taken ownership of clearly outlining and implementing the vision of professional development activities,” Vitti said. Schultz CEO Deborah Gianoulis said she would not discuss specifics about the Schultz Center’s relationship with the district until the terms of the 201314 contract are official. “We will be negotiating the contract over the next couple of months and, until that is complete, there SCHULTZ continues on A-4

’08 - ’09 ’09 - ’10 ’10 - ’11 Steve.Nelson@jacksonville.com

’02 - ’03 ’03 - ’04 ’04 - ’05 ’05 - ’06 ’06 - ’07 ’07 - ’08 *Note: Schultz budget for this year was not immediately available Source: Operating agreements between Duval County Public Schools and the Schultz Center, Schultz Center annual reports

Tallahassee | On a 7-4 party-line vote, a Republican-dominated Senate panel Monday rejected outright expansion of Medicaid under so-called Obamacare but forwarded two alternative plans that would use federal help to get the uninsured into the private health insurance market. The move puts the Senate at odds with Gov. Rick Scott, who has embraced the expansion. The House has rejected expansion but put forward no alternatives. Democrats, including those on the Senate panel, have strongly backed outright Medicaid expansion. Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, introduced a plan rejecting the $51 million in federal funds by expanding Medicaid in favor of a plan that relies on subsidies. Obamacare offers a set of federal subsidies to states that reject outright expansion. The National Center for Policy Analysis, a nonprofit that aims to “promote private, free-market alternatives to government regulation and control,” has testified in past hearings that using subsidies to buy private insurance would annually bring Florida $1.5 billion more than Medicaid expansion. “We actually get more money by allowing the federal government to buy private insurance,” Bean said. MEDICAID continues on A-4


Elementary school principals Jennifer Gray (from left, facing camera), Ashton Price and Laura Bowes listen to Mary Ellen Isaac, from the Schultz Center for Teaching and Leadership, at Lake Forest Elementary School earlier this year.

Schultz Center opens

Introduces its Weaver Executive Leadership Institute

Schultz Center finishes its first strategic plan

W.C. Gentry becomes Schultz Center board chairman

Contracts with Community Training and Assistance Center to perform an effective study on literacy training

Deborah Gianoulis becomes Schultz Center CEO

Audit finds ‘inadequate’ procedures in pension fund
Study shows some retirees overpaid due to wrongly calculated benefits
By Timothy J. Gibbons

Uncertainty weighs heavy on conclave
A Church in disarray awaits first votes for next leader of the faith
By Nicole Winfield
Associated Press

VATICAN CITY | Cardinals enter the Sistine Chapel on Tuesday to elect the next pope amid more upheaval and uncertainty than the Catholic Church has seen in decades: There’s no front-runner, no indication how long voting will last and no sense that a single

man has what it takes to fix the many problems. On the eve of the vote, cardinals offered wildly different assessments of what they’re looking for in the next pontiff and how close they are to a decision. It was evidence that Benedict XVI’s surprise resignation has continued to destabilize the church leadership and that his final appeal for unity may go unheeded, at least in the early rounds of voting. POPE continues on A-4

Emilio Morenatti Associated Press

People walk past St. Peter’s Basilica Monday at the Vatican. On the eve of the conclave, cardinals gathered for a final day of talks before the conclave to elect the next pope.

The policies and procedures of Jacksonville’s general employee and corrections officer pension fund are “inadequate, outdated and disorganized,” according to an audit of the system, leading to a group of retirees getting thousands of dollars more than they should. The Mayor’s Office agrees with the characterization of the fund laid out in the study performed by the City Council Auditor’s Office and says it has been taking steps to address the situation, including reassigning managers. The group of retirees looked at in the audit — a fraction of the few hundred people who retired in 2010 and 2011 — had been overpaid because benefits were wrongly calculated, ineligible pay periods were included and extra money being put into Deferred Retirement Option Program accounts. The net overpayment was about $16,000, including one employee who received $7,722 more than required in a refund due to leaving the city before vesting in the PENSION continues on A-4




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