Florida education news: Merit pay, taxpayer bill of rights, school budget cuts and more
FOOD FIGHT: Florida agriculture commissioner Adam Putnam seeks to take control of school lunches away from the State Board of Education.
ONE STEP CLOSER: The Florida House rejects amendments to a proposed "teacher quality" bill as it moves the legislation to its final debate today. • Questions remain about how the state will pay for the requirements included in the bill, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • Teachers continue to protest in Polk, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
BOUNDARY SHIFT: Hillsborough officials look into rezoning some attendance boundaries to deal with class size pressures.
BAD IDEA: A tax cap for Florida would hurt the state's ability to properly fund education and other key services, the Times editorializes.
PEANUT BAN STANDS: A Volusia school stands behind its ban on peanut products despite parent protests, FOX News reports.
RESTRUCTURING: Florida lawmakers move ahead with legislation that would change the makeup of the Miami-Dade School Board, the Miami Herald reports.
CUTTING TIME: A Manatee budget committee proposes $3 million in cuts including a salary reduction, the Bradenton Herald reports. • Gov. Rick Scott's budget and jobs plans would kill Florida public education, Florida Times-Union columnist Mark Woods writes. • The Florida Senate Pre-K-12 Appropriations Committee eyes public broadcasting as a place to save money for public education, the Palm Beach Post reports.
FEWER CREDITS NEEDED: The Collier School Board reduces its number of credits required for high school graduation, the Naples Daily News reports.
PARENT INVOLVEMENT: Alachua makes plans to get parents more involved in their children's education at 30 Title I schools, the Gainesville Sun reports.