Florida education news: #HB7069, testing, budgets and more
#HB7069: Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran says it's a myth that the Legislature crafted HB 7069 in secret. Politifact Florida finds that statement False. • Corcoran says he's hopeful Gov. Rick Scott won't veto the legislation, the Miami Herald reports. • A national charter group headed by Charter Schools USA CEO Jon Hage comes out in support of the bill. • The Orange County School Board joins the call for a veto, the Orlando Political Observer reports. So, too, do Gulf County school district leaders, the Port St. Joe Star reports. • Senate Democrats suggest they'd help prevent an override of any veto. • The politics of the billl are putting Scott in a bind, the Orlando Sentinel reports. More from the Miami Herald.
TESTING: Pasco County teachers raise concerns about district-created course finals.
BUDGETS: Volusia County school district leaders prepare for a "tight" financial year by examining potential spending reductions, the West Volusia Beacon reports.
TRUANCY: Duval County parents are more likely than those in other large school districts to be prosecuted for their children's absenteeism, WOKV reports.
AG CLASS: Five Manatee County schools are among the state's "finest" FFA chapters, the Bradenton Herald reports.
GRADUATION: Family members will walk across the stage for two Marion County high school seniors who died before commencement, reversing a previous decision, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
EMPLOYEE DISCIPLINE: A district review finds no evidence a Polk County bus driver told a boy that he and his two mothers would go to hell, although the driver did speak of religion, the Ledger reports.
VANDALISM: Law enforcement investigates racist graffiti sprayed on a Lee County Middle School sign, the Naples Daily News reports. • Four teens are arrested for vandalizing a Volusia County middle school, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
OFFICER FRIENDLY: Miami-Dade police officers bond with kindergartners and community at an inner city elementary school, the Miami Herald reports.
SUPERINTENDENTS: The Duval County School Board picks retired deputy superintendent Patricia Willis to lead the district on an interim basis, the Florida Times-Union reports.
BAD ACTS: A Palm Beach County principal steered money from school fundraisers to a charity drive run by her son without disclosing the connections, the Palm Beach Post reports.
LABOR NEWS: A special magistrate hears presentations in the contract negotiation impasse for Santa Rosa teachers, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
THREATS: Several students stay away from their Leon County high school, which has been the site of racial tensions, after a social media threat of violence, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.