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Florida education news: Charter connections, budgets, bonuses and more



CONNECTED: Rep. Erik Fresen, at the heart of a Florida House effort to shift school district construction funding to charter schools, has close ties to charter firm Academica. The Florida Senate proposes an alternative approach to Fresen's idea.

BUDGETS: The Florida Senate, House and governor have different ideas for how to fund public education in FY 2017. More from the Palm Beach Post.

EXODUS: Hernando County teachers leave the district at higher rates than in the past.

TENSIONS: A Duval School Board member wants to fire superintendent Nikolai Vitti, Florida Politics reports.

DISSENSION: The awarding of Best and Brightest bonuses to Gulf teachers causes divisions in the ranks, the Port St. Joe Star reports.

SAFETY CONCERNS: A stray bullet nearly hits a child in a portable classroom at a Miami-Dade elementary school, NBC Miami reports. It's the second such incident in two days, CBS Miami reports. More from the Miami Herald. • A threat on a Manatee school is deemed not credible, the Bradenton Herald reports. • A teacher at a St. Augustine Catholic school resigns after bringing a gun to school, the St. Augustine Record reports.

NIMBY: Residents of a rural Collier community say a proposed new charter school nearby would hurt their way of life, the Naples Daily News reports.

TAXES: A Palm Beach School Board member criticizes a plan to share district sales tax revenue with local museums, the Palm Beach Post reports.

LABOR NEWS: Contract talks for Volusia school bus drivers and cafeteria workers end in impasse, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

DRESS CODE: An Escambia high school's crackdown on leggings blows up on social media, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

[Last modified: Friday, February 12, 2016 6:46am]


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