Florida education news: School construction, graduation rates, pension plans and more
CONSTRUCTION FUNDS: Florida lawmakers put $100 million into traditional school maintenance and construction, reversing a trend of recent years.
REMOVED: A top Pinellas teachers union official is barred from the classroom and could lose his teaching certificate over inappropriate conduct with students.
EXPANSION: Pasco-Hernando State College buys land to expand its Spring Hill campus.
GRADUATION RATE: Florida's is among the lowest in the nation, the Associated Press reports.
SPENDING: The Manatee school district implements a targeted spending freeze, the Bradenton Herald reports.
RETIREMENT PLAN: Florida teachers oppose a proposal to change the state pension system, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
GUNS: The Florida House approves a measure to allow teachers to carry weapons in schools, the Miami Herald reports.
TEXTBOOKS: The House does not accept a Senate measure to have school districts run textbook adoptions, the AP reports.
SEEKING MORE INFORMATION: The Alachua school district sends parents a letter asking if their children had been victimized by a teacher recently arrested on sexual abuse allegations, the Gainesville Sun reports.