Florida education news: Education funding, graduation requirements, FCAT prep and more
BUDGETING: The Florida Senate approves a budget with $1.2 billion more for public education.
ON THE LINE: The Pasco School Board prepares to vote Tuesday on whether to cut media specialists from their school staffing allocations.
TURNED AROUND: Hillsborough schools recognize students who have overcome obstacles toward success.
TEST STRESS: Last minute FCAT prep begins with the tests just days off, the Seminole Chronicle reports. • The Palm Beach district allows middle schoolers to opt out of FCAT math if they're already taking a high school level end-of-course exam, the Palm Beach Post reports. • Three Collier teachers are under investigation over concerns about improper test prep, WINK-TV reports.
LAWSUIT: A paralegal sues the Manatee school district over public records he says the district didn't provide regarding an employee misconduct investigation, the Bradenton Herald reports.
PAY IT DOWN: The Palm Beach school district whittles down its capital budget deficit, the Palm Beach Post reports.
DISCIPLINE: The Marion School Board looks into whether it can fire an employee that the superintendent has recommended for suspension, the Ocala Star Banner reports. • A former Alachua teacher of the year gives up his teaching license as part of an agreement reached after investigations into allegations that he inappropriately touched students, the Gainesville Sun reports.
BUSING: Polk officials investigation different possibilities for after-school student transportation, the Ledger reports.
LABOR NEWS: Escambia school employees settle negotiations for a 2 percent raise, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
COMPROMISE: Florida lawmakers look for alternative ways to change the funding for online education, State Impact Florida reports.
NOT INTERESTED: The St. Johns School Board declines to consider a policy allowing student inspirational messages, the St. Augustine Record reports.