Florida education news: Choice, budgets, charter schools and more
SCHOOL CHOICE: Florida House education leaders say 2017 is the year to "blow open" school choice opportunities. • An Alachua County teacher wants the city of Gainesville to recognize public schools rather than school choice, WUFT reports.
BUDGET CUTS: Florida education commissioner Pam Stewart offers millions of dollars in possible cuts to the state education budget. • Florida's university leaders prepare for a tight year, as well, the News Service of Florida reports.
CHARTER SCHOOLS: A Miami-Dade County neighborhood drops its four-year battle against a charter school rising nearby, the Miami Herald reports.
SCHOOL SAFETY: Two Sumter County teens are arrested on accusations they plotted to shoot up their charter school in the Villages, the Daily Commercial reports.
LITERACY LESSONS: A Flagler County elementary school sets up a "cafe" in its media center to entice more children to read, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
TEACHER DISCIPLINE: Two Manatee County former teachers are penalized by the state Education Practices Commission, the Herald-Tribune reports.
PRIORITIES: The Florida Board of Governors chairman sets goals for the state university system for the coming year, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
SEX ED: A Miami-Dade community organizer calls for a comprehensive sex education program in local schools, WLRN reports.