Florida education news: Budgets, testing, hot peppers and more
FUNDING: Florida lawmakers reject Gov. Rick Scott's education funding plan, choosing to rely less on local property taxes and more on state money. More from Politico Florida.
CLOSER LOOK: The Hillsborough School Board calls for scrutiny of schools' use of the SpringBoard teaching materials.
TESTING: A Sarasota girl with cerebral palsy is denied a medical exemption from Florida Standards Assessments, the Herald-Tribune reports.
SICK: Three Volusia students spike their teacher's drink with hot pepper, WFTV reports.
INTERNAL RELATIONS: The Duval School Board and superintendent seek to calm the waters after weeks of turmoil, the Florida Times-Union reports.
DISRUPTED: Manatee's superintendent sends a message to parents after local schools are threatened nine times in a month, the Bradenton Herald reports.
AFTER CARE: Collier organizations make their bids to run the district's after-school care programs, the Naples Daily News reports.
RECESS: Florida parents continue to demand daily recess for their children despite the issue stalling in the Legislature, the Palm Beach Post reports.
TEACHER TRAINING: Florida launches its Teacher Leader Fellowship with academies supported by the Gates Foundation, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
LABOR NEWS: Clay district officials say they have money for reserves or raises, but not both, the Florida Times-Union reports.
TWIST OF FATE: The arrest of a Leon district administrator two years ago led to a lengthy FBI investigation of the district, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.