Florida education news: Common Core testing, free meals, FCAT cheating and more
DUMP THE TEST: Florida's legislative leaders call on education commissioner Tony Bennett to drop out of PARCC, saying the Common Core-related tests will be too expensive and time consuming. Related news from the Tallahassee Democrat, Panama City News Herald, Sun-Sentinel, State Impact Florida.
FREE MEALS: The Pinellas school district joins forces with the YMCA to provide a free hot dinner to needy children after school.
STABILITY: Hillsborough schools succeed with political stability at the top, Education Week blogger Tom VanderArk writes.
DENIAL: The principal of a Miami-Dade charter school denies accusations that FCAT cheating occurred at the school, the Miami Herald reports.
BIG BUDGET: Miami-Dade superintendent Alberto Carvalho proposes a $4.3 billion budget with a tax rate reduction and spending intact, the Miami Herald reports.
TOP JOBS: Manatee superintendent Rick Mills continues to shake up his administration, the Bradenton Herald reports.
WHAT WORKS: Polk's new superintendent seeks to find and replicate strong programs already operating in the district, the Ledger reports.
EXPANSION PLANS: The Sarasota Military Academy charter school looks to add middle school grades, the Herald-Tribune reports.
STICK AROUND: FAMU interim president Larry Robinson might remain in the job despite earlier protestations, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
BAD ACTS: An Osceola middle school band director is arrested after being caught by police in a sex act with a former student, My Fox Orlando reports. • A Broward teacher faces dismissal over accusations of abusing her special needs students, the Sun-Sentinel reports. • The superintendent of Liberty County is arrested on charges of grand theft, the Panama City News-Herald reports. • An Orange girl's basketball coach resigns amid an investigation that he molested a teenage student, the Orlando Sentinel reports.