Monday, July 23, 2018

Florida education news: Budget showdown, student choices, Publix and more

SHOWDOWN: The Florida House and Senate took to their respective floors to debate education funding, and walked away with significant differences. Most notably, while the House tied its Republican policy priorities to its spending plan, Senate leaders said they want nothing to do with that approach. "You've made the stakes (about) are we going to get to go home on time and have a budget completed, rather than if this is a good idea or not for the people of the state of Florida?" Senate budget chairman Rob Bradley said.

CHOICES: Some Pasco County schools are finding success in letting students take more control of how they learn each day.

WHAT'S FOR LUNCH? Publix is building a new grocery on the USF campus.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: Pasco County parents are raising concerns over the district's plan to consolidate and relocate some programs for students with special needs.

SPECIALS: The Lake County School Board decides not to require every elementary school to have an art teacher, the Daily Commercial reports.

SCHOOL SAFETY: Clay County schools increase law enforcement presence after receiving threats, WOKV reports. • Citrus County schools also received similar threats, which appeared to be a hoax, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: Collier County charter school officials say they fear the school district will take back shared capital projects tax revenue if a judge rules against the sharing law, the Naples Daily News reports. • State lawmakers consider provisions to undo much of the revenue sharing, WLRN reports. • A well-known Bay County charter school leader is ousted from his post, the Panama City News Herald reports. • The head of a Sarasota County charter school resigns, the Herald-Tribune reports.

TURNAROUNDS: Six low-performing Polk County schools will be run by outside contractors in the fall, the Ledger reports.

IN COURT: A federal judge rules against a Lee County student who sued the school district claiming a coach's hard foul was akin to corporal punishment, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

POLITICS: The Leon County school district finds a board member's complaint against an administrator to be unsubstantiated, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

TODAY IN TALLAHASSEE: Senate PreK-12 Appropriations, 10 a.m. (On the agenda are bills relating to Hope Scholarships, graduation requirements and more) • Senate Higher Education Appropriations, 12:30 p.m. • Full House, 1:30 p.m. (Third reading of appropriations acts, HB 7055) • Full Senate, 3 p.m. (Third reading of appropriations acts)

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