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Florida education news: Funding, taxes, growth and more



NEW PERSPECTIVE: The principal of Villa Madonna Catholic School in Tampa spends a day as a student to seek ways to improve her school.

BUDGET: Florida lawmakers reach agreements on higher education construction funding, including a big project for the University of South Florida.

FUNDING: A lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Florida's education funding model goes to trial next week, the Florida Bulldog reports. • Lawmakers shift the cost of increasing per-student funds from local to state taxes, the Ledger reports.

PRIORITIES: The Palm Beach school district refocuses its strategic goals, the Palm Beach Post reports.

GROWTH: The Clay School Board approves new attendance zones to cope with enrollment increases, Action News Jax reports.

TESTING: Opting out becomes the best choice for some South Florida families, the Sun-Sentinel reports. The number is growing in Manatee, as well, the Bradenton Herald reports.

STUDENT-ATHLETES: Flagler high school leaders worry that choice bills moving through the Legislature could make it easier for schools to recruit top athletes, Flagler Live reports.

BY THE NUMBERS: Duval schools perform worst among Florida's seven largest districts, the Florida Times-Union reports.

DRESS CODE: The Duval School Board drops plans for mandatory student uniforms, the Florida Times-Union reports.

TURNAROUNDS: Orange County creates plans to transform six schools that got F state grades, the Orlando Sentinel reports. 

NEW SCHOOL: Okaloosa leaders debate where to place a new high school, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

[Last modified: Monday, March 7, 2016 6:50am]


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