Florida education news: HB 7069, superintendents, teacher tests and more
#HB7069: The Florida School Boards Association and the Florida Association of District School Superintendents send letters to Gov. Rick Scott urging his veto of the Legislature's education budget and conforming bill. • The Pasco County school district projects major spending cuts if the measures win the governor's approval. Polk officials have similar concerns, the Ledger reports. • A Florida Board of Education member notes the legislative proposals appear to financially hurt rural school districts. • The chair of the Seminole County School Board calls herself a reluctant opponent of the bill. • Gov. Scott says he's still considering his options with the legislation drafted "behind closed doors," WLTV reports. • More from the News Service of Florida, Herald-Tribune, WFLA
SUPERINTENDENTS: Hillsborough County superintendent Jeff Eakins gets a new three-year contract and turns down an offered 3 percent raise. • Martin County voters will decide whether to continue electing their schools superintendent, TC Palm reports. • The Alachua County School Board picks deputy superintendent Karen Clarke to be its next leader, the Gainesville Sun reports. • The Flagler County School Board approves a $135,000 contract for new superintendent James Tager, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
TEACHER TESTS: The failure rate on Florida teacher certification tests rises after the exams are revised, WPTV reports.
VOUCHERS: Legal experts say Florida's McKay Scholarship program does not offer enough student rights or financial support, NPR reports.
CLASSROOM TECH: Marion County schools will get more computers and faster Internet service to support its technology-based curriculum, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
SPECIAL PROM: The Miami-Dade County school district holds a prom designed for students on the autism spectrum, the Miami Herald reports.
SCHOOL LEADERSHIP: Three Hillsborough County schools get new principals. • Duval County superintendent Nikolai Vitti changes principals at 11 schools days before he leaves the district, the Florida Times-Union reports.
DRESS CODE: A private Lake County school tells an African-American female student to change her natural hair style, WOFL reports.
TEACHER DISCIPLINE: A Citrus County teacher resigns in lieu of being fired over accusations of being negligent in monitoring students, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.
TODAY: The Florida Constitution Revision Commission holds a public hearing at 5 p.m. at Hillsborough Community College Dale Mabry Campus. (Details)