Florida education news: School funding, textbook complaints, teacher layoffs and more
HALF TRUE ON FUNDING: Michelle Rhee tells Florida lawmakers that school funding has risen while student results have worsened. Politifact Florida rates her claim half true.
BIASED BOOKS? The Florida Textbook Action Committee plans to protest in Volusia County over selected history textbooks it says have a pro-Islam bias, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
DEEP CUTS: Proposed reductions to Florida's education budget could cost the state 20,000 teachers, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
LABOR NEWS: The Manatee teachers union and school administration can't agree over health benefits, the Bradenton Herald reports.
COMFORT BEARS: Some Brevard elementary school students make teddy bears for people in crisis, Florida Today reports.
BE NICE: A Marion private school teaches lessons through National Random Acts of Kindness Week, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
WHERE'D HE COME FROM? The Palm Beach Post examines the ascent of interim superintendent Bill Malone.