Florida education news: State budget, restaffing, tutoring and more
BUDGETING: Florida Virtual School leaders complain that the proposed state budget would decrease the school's funding, forcing larger student-teacher ratios. • Lawmakers revise budget language on teacher raises, allowing districts to create their own merit plans earlier than June 2014. More from the Orlando Sentinel.
TRY AGAIN: The Pasco school district will readvertise to restaff Lacoochee Elementary School after its first posting draws scant applications.
TUTORING NO MORE: The Florida Legislature frees school districts of the requirement that they use a portion of their Title I funding to provide free tutoring.
FAIR TREATMENT: Hillsborough district officials look for ways to improve disciplinary treatment of black students.
EQUAL ACCESS: The ACLU sues the Marion school district over its delay in allowing a student to form a Gay-Straight Alliance, the AP reports.
EXPELLED: The expulsion of a Polk student over her science experiment raises eyebrows all over the Internet, the Miami New Times reports.
FEE FIGHT: The Palm Beach school district sues the city of West Palm Beach to prevent the city from disconnecting schools from the drainage system, the Palm Beach Post reports.
DRUG TESTING: An Orlando prep school plans to begin drug testing for all its students in seventh through twelfth grades, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
MAINSTREAMING: An Alachua elementary school is named a national model for inclusion of students with special needs, the Gainesville Sun reports.