Florida education news: School funding, bus rides, discipline and more
IN THE SENATE: Key Florida senators declare themselves strong backers of public education, speak of need to streamline testing, improve teacher pay and equalize accountability for all schools that receive tax dollars.
FREE RIDERS: The Hillsborough County school district considers ending "courtesy" bus rides for nearly 7,500 students who live closer than 2 miles from their schools.
DISCIPLINE DISCRIMINATION: The U.S. Department of Education will investigate allegations that Pinellas County schools disproportionately discipline black and disabled students. • A similar investigation is started for Bay County schools, the Panama City News Herald reports.
PRIORITIES: The Central Florida Public School Boards Coalition sets its legislative agenda for the coming session, the Bradenton Herald reports. • Northeast Florida educators discuss challenges they face as lawmakers prepare to return, Florida Politics reports. More from the Florida Times-Union.
CHARTER SCHOOLS: Two Duval charter schools will close this winter for lack of enrollment, the Florida Times-Union reports.
DIPLOMAS: The Duval school district works to help non-graduates complete the credits they need to earn a high school diploma, the Florida Times-Union reports.
GUNS ON CAMPUS: A Volusia teen is arrested for bringing an unloaded handgun to school, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
ATTENDANCE BOUNDARIES: Boca Raton parents ask the Broward school district not to move their children during a rezoning process, the Sun-Sentinel reports.