Florida education news: Bright Futures, school zones, teacher tests and more
BRIGHT FUTURES: Twenty years in, questions about equity in to Florida's primary scholarship program persist as a proposed boost aims to help top grads.
VETO PRESSURE: The Citrus County School Board is among the latest to ask Gov. Rick Scott to veto the Legislature's massive education conforming bill (HB 7069). • The Florida School Boards Association expands the call by asking for a veto of the proposed state funding formula as well. • Lee County charter school officials support the idea of sharing local capital projects tax revenue, but anticipate the bill's veto, the Cape Coral Daily Breeze reports.
SCHOOL ZONES: An administrative judge rejects Pasco County parents' request to stay the district's new attendance zones as they continue their challenge.
TEACHER TESTS: Florida education commissioner Pam Stewart defends the state's teacher certification exams despite their poor passing rate, ABC Action News reports.
MISMANAGEMENT: Parents complain about the conditions of a Broward County charter school that's under investigation for misappropriation of funds, WPLG reports.
STUDENT DATA: Some Florida parents question why school districts continue to collect student Social Security numbers despite concerns of misuse and identity theft, WUFT reports.
COURTESY BUSING: The Martin County School Board will allow students living within two miles of school and who do not face hazardous walking conditions to buy a bus ride for a $425 annual fee, TC Palm reports.
PLAY TIME: All Marion County elementary schools will provide 20 minutes of daily recess beginning in the fall, legislative mandate or not, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
HISTORY LESSONS: Several Madison County residents say the school district doesn't teach enough about African-American history, Greene Publishing reports.
BAD ACTS: A once-revered Palm Beach County teacher, now retired, is banned from teaching amid allegations of inappropriate interactions with his students, the Palm Beach Post reports. • A Leon County high school student is arrested for keying several vehicles in the school parking lot, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.