Jim Notter

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    June 21, 2011

    Broward School District Getting Desperate to Fill Superintendent Post​After getting a grand total of zero applications for the interim superintendent post, the Broward School District is searching nationwide for a permanent district chief when Jim Notter retires June 30.Donnie Carter was appointed interim superintendent after nobody applied, and now ... More >>

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    May 11, 2011

    Bob Norman's Greatest Hits

    Bob Norman is not a man to gloat, so we're doing it for him. During his 13 years as a writer at this periodical (four as feature writer, nine as a columnist, five of those nine as the Daily Pulp blogger), he has had a rash of successes -- especially if you count sending corrupt public officials to ... More >>

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    May 6, 2011

    FDA Ban on Gays Donating Blood: Parent Complains, School District Grins and Bears It

    Flickr: BWJones​If you've ever donated blood, you've probably noticed a prominent question on a pre-donation questionnaire: Have you had intercourse with someone of the same sex since 1977? If so, yer outta luck, pal. The law, which has been repeatedly challenged and upheld since its imposition in ... More >>

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    April 6, 2011

    "Miss Gottlieb, YOU Are the Distraction"

    We all knew that Broward Commissioner Ilene Lieberman -- once perhaps the most powerful woman in the county -- disappeared for a few months, missing commission meeting after commission meeting without explanation.  After weeks of questions, Lieberman claimed her AWOL status was due to a he ... More >>

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    April 4, 2011

    "A Rodeo of Phonies and Pimps"

    A fine Monday-morning quote comes from Carl Hiaasen: "I once referred to a past Legislature as a festival of whores, which in retrospect was a vile insult to the world's oldest profession. Today's lackluster assemblage in Tallahassee is possibly the worst in modern times, and cannot fairly be ... More >>

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    April 1, 2011

    "Frantic" Tallahassee Battle: School Board Thwarts State Control

    When the Florida Senate prepared earlier this week to take direct oversight of the dysfunctional Broward County School Board earlier this week, the board's lobbyist, Georgia Slack, went into overdrive. Slack​Slack wrote in an email to Board members that she began "frantic lobbying" and engage ... More >>

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    March 30, 2011

    Newsflash: Jim Notter Wasn't the Real Problem

    Jim Notter couldn't even tell the truth as the was going out the door. The Broward schools superintendent made a surprise announcement that he was retiring yesterday, leaving three years left on a contract that pays him $299,000 a year. Notter always did pretend to be boss, but he ... More >>

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    March 29, 2011

    UPDATED: Superintendent Jim Notter To Step Down

    Broward County School Board Jim Notter is finally hitting the road ​ ​ WSVN ​UPDATED: Embattled Broward Schools Supt. Jim Notter announced today at the end of the board meeting that he is retiring from his post at the end of the school year. It's the first s ... More >>

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    March 14, 2011

    More School Board Investigation? Bring It On

    Well, the state's Education Commissioner is sending an inspector general down to Broward County to look at the dysfunctional and corrupt embattled school board. Let's hope they find a way to clean house. Notter and JenJen bask in all their success​The state is involved thanks to the grand ... More >>

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    March 2, 2011

    Note to "Distressed" Dinnen: No More Tears

    Mike Stocker/Sun-SentinelScreen Capture: School Board Member Jennifer Gottlieb shoots a glance at Supt. Jim Notter as teacher Sharon Graham ripped into Notter over the grand jury findings at yesterday's school board meeting​From this morning's Sun-Sentinel: Meanwhile, board member Maureen Din ... More >>

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    February 26, 2011

    Notorious Everglades Hotel May Be Shot Down By Gun Range

    This photo shows Markham gun range (figure one) and its proximity to the Everglades Corporate site  The Everglades Corporate Park project on the edge of the Everglades in Sunrise might soon be killed as the literal victim of nearby gunplay.  Here we see the pa ... More >>

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    February 24, 2011

    UPDATED: Stephanie Kraft Was Behind The Dr. Bill Boondoggle

    You may remember the post about Bill Mathis, the psychologist hired by the board four years ago after it was discovered during the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools that the board was "dysfunctional." He was also contracted to help the school board do its dog-and-pony show evalu ... More >>

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    February 23, 2011

    The School Board Fiddled While Money Burned

    ​ Before you start comparing me to Model Citizen for this obviously photoshopped image of Broward Supt. Jim Notter, I have to confess that I didn't create it. It comes courtesy of a video produced by BECON, the School Board TV station and propaganda center that is subsidi ... More >>

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    February 20, 2011

    Grand Jury Slams Jennifer Gottlieb's "Beachside Boondoggle"

    The Sun-Sentinel obtained some comments from school boarder defending themselves from the findings of the statewide grand jury.   Said Broward Schools Supt. Jim Notter: "I've built a 37-year career by being passionate about digging through the data, emphasizing accountability and gett ... More >>

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    February 19, 2011

    Grand Jury Report: School Board Blew Hundreds of Millions of Taxpayers Dollars While In Lobbyists' Pocket

    Well, it's finally official. The Broward County School Board wasted hundreds of millions of your dollars while doing the bidding of a select group of contractors and lobbyists. You've been reading about that here for the past five years. Now the statewide grand jury has found the same thing.&n ... More >>

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    January 20, 2011

    State Slightly Reduces Broward County Class Size Penalties

    ​After Broward County school district's appeal of the state-imposed penalty for violating class size restrictions, Florida Department of Education Commissioner Eric Smith recommended that the county's penalty be reduced by $74,000 to $2.9 million -- a slight break he delivered on Tuesday, though l ... More >>

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    December 30, 2010

    Notter May Not Remember, but Document Doesn't Lie

      Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter has unveiled a new haircut. This photo comes from her latest "Coffee With Stacy" event last week. ​Enough about fashion, let's get down to business. When Broward County School Board construction chief Mike Garretson gave sworn testi ... More >>

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    December 28, 2010

    Is JenJen's School The Whitest In South Broward?

    You've probably read about the construction of Broward School Board Member Jennifer Gottlieb's pet school in Hollywood that wasn't needed at all but still cost taxpayers some $25 million and ruined a neighborhood park. Gottlieb​The school, Beachside Montessori Village (which is ne ... More >>

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    November 23, 2010

    Villegas Video, Awarding Incompetence, and Judge Lazarus' Latest Stupid Email

    UPDATED: My colleague Lisa Rab obtained this video of Debra Villegas speaking with Plantation police officers about the Melissa Britt Lewis murder. It was taken in December 2009, after the Rothstein Ponzi scheme and the RRA law firm imploded. Make sure and read Rab's post. Villegas d ... More >>

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    November 19, 2010

    Deadlocked Jury in Leyritz Trial

    ​ UPDATE: This just in: The jury is deadlocked in the Leyritz trial. They're apparently ready to call it a hung jury, but Judge Marc Gold is trying to get them back in there to try again. That's right, we're looking at a probable 'nother go-round. Call it: Leyritz Trial II, The Sta ... More >>

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    November 12, 2010

    More on Lockdown Threat, Allen West

    OK, some new information on the threat that caused the Broward County lockdown, and it's coming from the original source, right-wing radio talker Joyce Kaufman. Kaufman said on Lou Dobbs' radio program that: -- The threat came from a woman, not a man, as has been reported. -- The woman lives in Ne ... More >>

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    November 10, 2010

    Broward Lockdown Update: Threat Included Ethnic, Religious Slurs

    UPDATED: Schools are lifting the lockdown. Superintendent Jim Notter just emailed select school officials with new information on the threat that has led to a lockdown at Broward County schools. In it, Notter writes that the wife of a person believed to have written the thr ... More >>

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    November 10, 2010

    Report: Threat Linked To Joyce Kaufman's Call To Arms

    Channel 7 is reporting that the man who allegedly threatened to shoot up a Pembroke Pines school was prompted somehow by Joyce Kaufman, the acidic right-wing radio show host who was named yesterday newly elected Congressman Allan West's chief of staff. This whole thing is still murky, but  ... More >>

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    November 20, 2009

    Morning Juice: Old Dolphins Learn New Tricks; Train Barrels Into Car in Fort Lauderdale

    ​Here's what's churning in Friday's local news cycle:Parents of students at Pioneer Middle School in Cooper City are furious over proposals by the Broward County School District to bus students out of that school to relieve overcrowding. But what are they complaining about? Local 10's Janine Stanw ... More >>

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    August 20, 2009
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    April 19, 2009

    Deputy School Superintendent Is "Appalled" By Employees

    Deputy Superintendent Michael Garretson has written a memo regarding last week's column to Superintendent Jim Notter assuring him that the payment of $1 million to an unlicensed firm represented by lobbyist Ron Book was all above board. Hey, I'm going to let Garretson speak for himself and&nbs ... More >>

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    January 15, 2009

    Text Messages: The New Way to Tattle?

    Rambo, remember to text us about your weapons before you get to class.Oh, come on! Has it really come to this? The Broward School District is counting on students to text message security threats? From the article: But after the Nov. 12 shooting, Broward Superintendent Jim Notter -- an avid tex ... More >>

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    December 19, 2008

    My Lunch With Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz

    On Wednesday I met Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz at Jaxson's Ice Cream Parlor on U.S. 1 in Dania Beach for a wide-ranging discussion -- including my paranoid delusions about the sinister deal-cutting that must take place when voters aren't watching.The congresswoman insists that she ... More >>

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    February 11, 2008
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    November 8, 2007

    Animal Farm

    At the Broward County School Board, the chickens cry foul

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    July 3, 2007
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    May 30, 2007
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    May 10, 2007
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    May 7, 2007
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    April 19, 2007

    River of Greed

    The plan includes playing footsie with a controversial land baron and paving over a piece of the Everglades