Florida education news: Charter schools, double testing, free dinners and more
CHARTER SCHOOLS: Dozens of central Florida charter school applicants await word whether they'll be approved to operate next fall, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
DOUBLE TESTING: St. Johns leaders don't require eighth graders taking algebra or geometry to also sit for the FCAT math test, prompting a discussion for the state on this issue, the Florida Times-Union reports.
IMPASSE: Brevard contract negotiations head to a special magistrate after the two sides can't agree, Florida Today reports.
SUPPER CLUB: Several Sarasota schools begin serving free dinners to the district's poorest students, the Herald-Tribune reports.
LAST MINUTE: The Manatee school district releases its proposed budget on Sunday with the vote due Monday, saying it seeks transparency, the Bradenton Herald reports.
NO NEW TIMES: North Florida school leaders say they have no plans to start high school classes later in the day, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
INAPPROPRIATE: A Marion teacher's aide is arrested over text messages to a teen student, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
RAISES: Volusia principals and assistant principals are slated to get salary bumps, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.