Education issues hit Tallahassee spotlight
Teacher pay, education funding, parent trigger and academic standards all were part of the conversation Tuesday in the state's capital. Among the highlights:
Gov. Rick Scott and House speaker Will Weatherford sparred over whose budget will best support schools and teachers. Our Tallahassee bureau highlights the tit-for-tat, which found its way from the halls of government to Twitter, as the two leaders tried to claim the upper hand. Read about it on the Buzz.
The controversial parent trigger bill brought crowds to the Florida House, where an appropriations subcommittee moved the legislation along despite opposition from some parent groups. The Senate has yet to move forward on the measure. Read more from the Buzz.
The State Board of Education, meanwhile, tackled the issue of how schools will create end-of-course exams for all the courses that students take. The board approved a task force to allow districts to collaborate on those tests, which will be used to assess standards and to evaluate teachers. Read the details from the Tallahassee Democrat.