Florida education news: SB 6, civics education, NASCAR and more
ZERO SUM GAME: Florida school district leaders worry that the SB 6 mandate to set aside 5 percent of their budgets for pay and tests will kill their spending plans. At least one GOP legislator wavers on support for the bill. But bill sponsor Sen. John Thrasher continues to defend the effort, the Florida Times-Union reports.
WHO'S THE PRESIDENT? Florida middle school students would have to pass a civics class to move to high school under a bill moving through the Legislature.
A PATH FOR VOUCHERS: Florida lawmakers push to remove a constitutional ban on using state tax dollars for religious institutions.
A VICIOUS CYCLE: Hillsborough schools stay open for Good Friday, but lots of kids don't show, so teachers scale back lessons, leading parents to wonder why they're sending their kids, and so it goes. This has to stop, columnist Sue Carlton writes.
STOP THE MADNESS: Washington Post education columnist Valerie Strauss, already on the warpath against SB 6, turns her attention to SB 2126 that would expand Florida's corporate tax credit scholarship program.
DISMISSED: The Florida Department of Education tosses an ethics complaint against Palm Beach superintendent Art Johnson over the funding of his former chief academic officer's salary, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
DO WELL IN SCHOOL: Florida's economic success increasingly depends on the academic readiness of the state's growing Hispanic population, the Latin American Herald Tribune reports.
HANGING IN THERE: Leon schools are doing their best to survive tight budget times, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
FEWER BENEFITS: The Broward School Board explores ways to cut back on health insurance costs, the Miami Herald reports.
PARTNERS: Duval middle schools and local churches pair up to better prepare students for high school, the Florida Times-Union reports.
NEED A SCHOOL BUS? Orange schools will sell off more than 200 buses and assorted other vehicles in an effort to cut $7 million in transportation expenses, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
QUICK RULING? The Sarasota School Board has asked a judge to throw out a case seeking to overturn its recent tax referendum results, the Herald-Tribune reports.
THE SCIENCE OF NASCAR: 100 students from the Daytona Beach area will learn how their science and math lessons apply to the high-tech world of car racing, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
NOT SO ELITE: Lawmakers remove language from a bill that would have tagged the University of Florida as the state's only flagship university, the Gainesville Sun reports.