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



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, 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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