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Florida education news: Grade changes, student testing, prekindergarten funding and more



CONNECTIONS: Hernando district officials investigate whether School Board member John Sweeney's son got special treatment to replace poor grades at Springstead High School.

UNRESOLVED PROBLEMS: Hillsborough school bus drivers offer a laundry list of concerns about problems in their department.

STOP THE TESTING: A Broward mom also fights Florida's rules requiring standardized testing of students with disabilities, NBC 6 Miami reports. • Orange County mom Andrea Rediske rejects accusations that she's political motivations in urging the state to stop testing children with severe disabilities, News 13 reports.

EARLY EDUCATION: Florida prekindergarten providers say they could use a proposed increase in state funding, the Ledger reports.

FRACTURED: Manatee School Board members disagree over communication issues, sometimes getting personal, the Bradenton Herald reports.

TUITION: Gov. Rick Scott plans to call for an end to automatic tuition increases at Florida's universities, the News Service of Florida reports. • Florida university presidents head to Tallahassee to lobby lawmakers for more financial support, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

BONUS FUNDS: Marion teachers anxiously await state school recognition money, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

ARRESTED: A longtime Leon assistant superintendent resigns after his arrest on drug charges, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 6:09am]


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