Florida education news: Guns at school, charter school funding, vouchers and more
DISMISSAL: A Hillsborough teacher faces termination for failing to adequately supervise a student with special needs, who left school without permission and walked home.
LOCAL PREFERENCE: The Pasco School Board will consider whether to give county businesses special consideration in purchasing policy.
GUNS AT SCHOOL: A bill to allow some school employees to carry concealed weapons begins moving through the Florida House.
CHARTER FUNDING: Florida House members discuss ways to create a continuing source of revenue for charter school construction and maintenance.
DEMOTED: A Duval principal is removed for failing to maintain a safe learning environment after an investigation into student fights on campus, the Florida Times-Union reports.
VOUCHERS: A growing number of states are adopting vouchers, tax-credit scholarships and other education funding mechanisms that direct money to students rather than schools, the NY Times reports.
MOVING FORWARD: A plan for Port Canaveral to help fund three Brevard schools slated for closure remains an option after the port governing board meets, Florida Today reports.
APPEALING: A struggling Palm Beach charter school appeals a decision to shut it down, arguing the local district didn't help enough, the Palm Beach Post reports.
SAGGY PANTS: Sloppy student attire prompts the Polk School Board to revisit the idea of student uniforms, the Ledger reports.
OPTIONS: A Florida House committee approves giving high school students more diploma choices, State Impact Florida reports.
EVALUATIONS: Florida lawmakers move ahead with legislation to ensure that teachers are evaluated on students they actually teach, the Gainesville Sun reports.