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Florida education news: Testing, book bans, fund balances and more

TESTING: The new Florida Standards Assessment makes its soft debut to replace the FCAT. More from WFTV, Orlando Sentinel 

BOOK BANNING: A national coalition of intellectual freedom advocates urges the Pasco school district to return Paper Towns to a middle school summer reading list.

TOO LOW: Santa Rosa's reserves drop below state-mandated minimum levels, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports. Walton's fund balances also dip, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

CAREER READY: Broward prepares to open a new technical center for teens not headed to college, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

CLOSING DOWN: Tampa-based Corinthian Colleges, one of the nation's largest private for-profit colleges, is forced to sell campuses amid allegations of fraud, the Miami Herald reports.

MORE MONEY: The Flagler School Board gives some employees a few years' worth of raises that had been cut from past budgets, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

TECHNOLOGY: Florida school districts are looking for money to support state-mandated classroom technology upgrades, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: West Palm Beach city leaders call for a city-run charter school after seeing "appalling" test scores at area traditional schools, the Palm Beach Post reports.

LABOR NEWS: The Florida Education Association temporarily takes over the Palm Beach Classroom Teachers Association while the local sorts out its presidential election, the Palm Beach Post reports.

STUDENT CONDUCT: Polk schools move to ban bandannas and e-cigs, while relaxing cell phone restrictions, the Ledger reports. • Alachua schools look to ease their dress code rules, the Gainesville Sun reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 7:04am]


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