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Florida education news: Parent trigger, teacher job cuts, a trip to Maine and more

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March

WILL HE PULL THE TRIGGER? Gov. Rick Scott and education commissioner Tony Bennett raise questions about the provisions within parent trigger bills moving through the Florida Legislature.

JOB CUTS: Pasco superintendent Kurt Browning proposes eliminating media specialists and literacy coaches from all schools. • Manatee officials also make budget cutting recommendations to deal with budget shortfalls, the Bradenton Herald reports. • Brevard schools count on volunteers to help out in classrooms as the district struggles with finances, Florida Today reports.

RETIRING: Chocachatti Elementary principal Maria Rybka will leave to take over a small private school. • Wiregrass Ranch High principal Ray Bonti will depart to become an education consultant.

HEADED NORTH: Education commissioner Tony Bennett and Patricia Levesque of Jeb Bush's Foundation for Excellence in Education will advise Maine leaders on education reform, the Portland Press Herald reports.

DANCE FEVER: A Sarasota elementary school wins a grant to teach students dance moves from the 1800s, 1920s and 1950s, the Herald-Tribune reports.

STEPPING IN: Lee superintendent Joseph Burke admits he did try to stop an investigation into allegations against one of his top administrators, NBC-2.com reports.

TEACHER DISCIPLINE: The Indian River School Board will decide whether to fire a teacher accused of bringing a bottle of vodka to school in her lunch bag, the Vero Beach Press-Journal reports. • A Brevard teacher is under investigation for allegations of inappropriate touching among children in her kindergarten classroom, Florida Today reports.

ALL ABOUT THE MONEY: Some Marion students are denied services by the city of Ocala as city and school district officials battle over storm water and fire fees, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

[Last modified: Friday, March 8, 2013 6:38am]

    

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