Florida education news: Senate Bill 6, Bright Futures, school prayer and more
DON'T TOUCH: Republican leaders warn the Florida House to pass Senate Bill 6 without amendments so it can sail through to the governor's desk. They fear any changes might kill it on a revote in the Senate. • A Pasco teacher has written a protest song against the bill, which teachers plan to picket against today. • Lee teachers rallied against the bill on Wednesday, the Naples Daily News reports. (AP photo)
TOUGH CHOICES: The Pasco School Board will begin deciding what to cut in next year's budget.
STOP BULLYING: Hillsborough's Walker Middle School, the scene of alleged rape by students against a student, launches a new anti-bullying initiative.
COME TOGETHER: Trapnell Elementary students and teachers find ways to share space at Strawberry Crest High in Plant City as their school is repaired.
MORE MONEY FOR STUDENTS? The Florida Senate adopts a budget that would give schools a little extra per student, but counts on revenue that isn't yet secure, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
PAY ATTENTION: A Manatee mom sues the school district saying a teacher failed to adequately supervise her child's class and her child was intentionally injured, the Bradenton Herald reports.
WHY CAN'T WE ALL GET ALONG? A class of Jacksonville fifth-graders puts together a gritty music video with an anti-violence message, the Florida Times-Union reports.
CONTINUING PROBLEMS: Monroe's interim superintendent works to take the district forward but runs into several headaches along the way, the Keynoter reports.
BRIGHT FUTURES: The Florida Senate approves an overhaul to the state's popular scholarship program, but the House does not have similar language under consideration, the St. Augustine Record reports.
SCHOOL PRAYER: A judge grants a motion for reconsideration in the Santa Rosa school prayer case, the Panama City News Herald reports.