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Florida education news: Budget shortfalls, school board shooting, toy guns in schools and more



imgres.jpegBIGGER SHORTFALL, STABLE FUNDING? Florida Gov.-elect Rick Scott says he hopes to keep public education funding level despite a growing budget gap and a plan to reduce taxes.

MUSICAL CHAIRS: The Hernando School Board reviews options for drawing new attendance zones to deal with class size concerns. 

BACK TO SCHOOL: The real estate market in the tank, some agents head to Pasco-Hernando Community College for retraining. Many graduated Tuesday.

A LONG YEAR AHEAD: The Alachua School Board expects tough times with computerized testing, talk of more vouchers and other matters coming from Tallahassee, the Gainesville Sun reports.

"PLEASE DON'T": A gunman opens fire at a Bay County School Board meeting before killing himself, the Associated Press reports. An eyewitness account by a Panama City News Herald reporter. Video here.

FUND EDUCATION NOW: Floridians need to call their lawmakers and urge them to put enough money into public schools, Orlando Sentinel columnist Scott Maxwell writes.

ONE SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL: The Broward School Board looks at changing its policy regarding toy guns in schools, the Miami Herald reports.

MORE CLASS TIME: The Lee school district considers a new high school schedule that's 25 minutes longer each day, the Naples Daily News reports. More from the Fort Myers News-Press.

LABOR NEWS: The Martin School Board approves raises for teachers, the Stuart News reports.

A LITTLE NIGHT TUTORING: A Brevard middle school begins offering free nighttime tutoring to students, Florida Today reports.

EVERY DAY? Polk school officials get no answers when they ask whether schools must meet class size requirements daily, the Lakeland Ledger reports.

[Last modified: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 6:10am]


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