Florida schools roundup: Funding, school choice, testing and more

Travis Pillow

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Funding. Gov. Rick Scott will seek “record” per-pupil education funding is his proposed budget for next year. Associated Press. Palm Beach PostTampa Tribune. Times/HeraldGradebook. Reactions on Saint Petersblog.

Magnet schools. Broward plans an overhaul of struggling magnet programs. Sun-Sentinel.

School choice. Private school choice programs aren’t “legitimate” because they haven’t been given a go-ahead by the courts, Julie Delegal argues in Context Florida. Manatee schools put on a school choice expo to inform parents about district options. Bradenton Herald.  Duval schools plan new choice programs and rezoning. Florida Times-Union.

Private schools. Three parents sue a Volusia Christian school over its handling of a child molestation case. Daytona Beach News-Journal.

Testing. Testing, funding and other controversies crop up at a Brevard forum on education issues. Florida Today. Lawmakers talk testing. Suwanee Democrat.

Class size. Lake schools face a controversy over a $1.2 million class-size penalty. Orlando Sentinel.

Common Core. A new textbook debate may be brewing in Collier. Naples Daily News.

Campaigns. A failed Clay school board candidate admits she made false accusations against a local nonprofit. Florida Times-Union.

Cultural exchange. A Broward school forms a partnership with China. Sun-Sentinel.

Superintendents. Pasco’s Browning won’t say if he’ll seek another term. Gradebook.

Growth. South Florida retirees protest a new school near their community. Sun-Sentinel.

Teach for America. The Orlando Sentinel answers questions about its expansion in Central Florida.

STEM. Should students preparing for health-related careers be taking physics? Bridge to Tomorrow.

Administration. A Manatee official who threatened to sue the school board is put on paid leave amid an investigation. Bradenton Herald.

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