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Florida education news: Ethics, fees, testing and more



ETHICS QUESTION: A Hernando resident files an ethics complaint against School Board member John Sweeney over the handling of a grade change for Sweeney's son.

OOPS: Pasco finance officials discover the district has been paying a streetlight fee to the city of New Port Richey in error.

NEVERMIND: Charter Schools USA backs off its plan for a school at MacDill Air Force Base, for now.

SHOP AND SOLVE: Children at Hernando's Westside Elementary practice real-life math during a trip to Winn-Dixie.

NO CONFIDENCE: Florida should toss its VAM system and let schools devise evaluation models that more accurately reflect what happens in classrooms, the Times editorializes. • The evaluations are but one illustration of Florida lawmakers' attack on public education, the Ledger editorializes.

BAD TRADE? Health advocates question a Florida bill that would allow high school students to drop a P.E. credit requirement if they take a technology course instead, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

ARRESTED: A Broward charter school principal is arrested on accusations that he sexually harassed an employee on school grounds, the Sun-Sentinel reports. • A Brevard teacher is arrested on accusations of child abuse, Florida Today reports.

TESTING CONFLICT: Central Florida religious groups complain that FCAT testing is scheduled during their holidays, Bay News 9 reports.

INVESTIGATE: Manatee's new superintendent calls for a state audit of the past administration's financial practices, the Bradenton Herald reports. More from the Herald-Tribune.

VOUCHERS: A bill to expand Florida's voucher system advances amid heated debate, the Ocala Star-Banner reports. More from the Associated Press.

[Last modified: Friday, March 7, 2014 6:04am]


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