Florida education news: Spending, testing, school choice and more
BUDGETS: The Hillsborough school district imposes a spending freeze as the finance department prepares for the next fiscal year. • St. Johns district leaders focus on higher funding as a legislative priority, the St. Augustine Record reports.
SCHOOL CHOICE: St. Johns officials say Florida's new inter-district open enrollment law should not negatively affect district schools, the Ponte Vedra Recorder reports.
TESTING: Duval middle and high school students could soon be required to take the ACT, PSAT or SAT, depending on grade level, the Florida Times-Union reports.
LABOR NEWS: Mistakes in Manatee teacher pay leads some educators to question the role of their union and contract negotiations, the Bradenton Herald reports.
COMMUNICATION: Lee School Board members and superintendent answer questions at a parent forum, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
EARLY LEARNING: Fewer Duval families will get subsidized child care because of changes to state policies, the Florida Times-Union reports.
NO THANKS: Girls at a Palm Beach high school reject suggestions to play anything less than their canceled tackle football game, the Palm Beach Post reports.
ONLINE EDUCATION: Orlando-based virtual school Florida Connections Academy announces layoffs, the Orlando Business Journal reports. • The Alachua school district's online school markets itself to local elementary students, the Gainesville Sun reports.
NOW HIRING: The Alachua school district has a bus driver shortage, the Gainesville Sun reports.