Leigh Ann Norris
Budget negotiations: The backstage maneuvering on the state budget is intensifying, and some Tallahassee insiders think a deal can be struck that keeps House Speaker Richard Corcoran’s education budget largely intact if more money can be found for Gov. Rick Scott’s economic development agency Enterprise Florida. Steve Bousquet, Tampa Bay Times. Sunshine State News.
National Spelling Bee: Ananya Vinay, a 12-year-old girl from Fresno, Calif., wins the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee in the 36th round. Sreeniketh Vogoti, an eighth-grader from St. Johns County, had the best performance for a Floridian. He was one of 15 finalists, but was eliminated in the eighth round. Associated Press. Washington Post. National Spelling Bee. Florida Times-Union. Orlando Sentinel. Associated Press. Palm Beach Post. Naples Daily News.
Extra testing: Many Florida high schools try to convince students to take two end-of-course exams for the same subject as a way to bolster the schools’ grades from the state. Palm Beach Post.
School honor code: Sunlake High School is planning to institute an honor code this fall for students in its Advanced Placement courses. A recent instance of test-sharing prompted the move, which will have students signing a pledge to neither give nor receive unauthorized help on tests, or to tolerate others’ use of such unapproved help. Gradebook.