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Florida education news: Education budget, pickup time, test rigging and more



STATE BUDGET: Florida Gov. Rick Scott proposes to increase public education spending, mostly through higher local property tax collections. More on Scott's education plan.

TOP TEACHER: Palm Harbor Middle School AVID teacher Vanessa Ko is named Pinellas County's 2017 Outstanding Educator of the Year.

PICKUP TIME: A neighborhood Walgreens fights to get the Madeira Beach Fundamental School pickup line out of its parking lot.

SURVEY SAYS: A growing percentage of Duval County parents rate their school district as poor, the Florida Times-Union reports.

DEVOS CONNECTIONS: US Education Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos helped change the face of the Volusia County School Board, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. More on DeVos contributions in Florida from the Orlando Sentinel.

COLLABORATION: Manatee County school district and government officials plan together for future growth, to ensure they have enough schools in the right places, the Bradenton Herald reports.

TESTING: Two Vero Beach High School teachers face dismissal over test-rigging allegations, which also have cost students certifications and possibly graduation credits, TC Palm reports.

ARRESTED: A Miami-Dade elementary school assistant principal is arrested on charges of downloading child pornography, the Miami Herald reports.

COMFORT MATTERS: Some Volusia County schools experiment with different classroom furniture to see if it impacts student learning, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

TITLE I FUNDS: Officials from eight Florida school districts take issue with a report suggesting they withhold Title I funds from charter schools, Politico Florida reports.

SCHOOL SAFETY: A Lake County School Board member calls for a review of school security measures after two recent threats, the Daily Commercial reports.

VOCATIONAL EDUCATION: A state lawmaker suggests St. Johns County career academies could serve as a model for Florida's smaller school districts, the St. Augustine Record reports.

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 1, 2017 6:52am]


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