Florida education news: Testing, Common Core, school choice and more
TESTING: A proposal to allow alternatives to the Florida Standards Assessments wins bipartisan support in its first state Senate hearing. More from the Herald-Tribune. • The Volusia school district cuts 50 hours of elementary-level testing, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
GRASSROOTS EFFORT: One of Florida's bigger anti-Common Core activist groups joins with a larger national organization to push the issue, Sunshine State News reports.
OPTIONS: Bills to expand school choice continue to move through the Florida Legislature, First Coast News reports.
CREDENTIALS: The Polk school district expects to win accreditation after a two-year process, the Ledger reports.
NO SANCTUARY: Immigration advocates worry about bills in the Florida Legislature that would have schools report undocumented students, WMNF reports.
SECURITY: A Manatee middle school takes added security steps after receiving an online threat, the Bradenton Herald reports.
TECHNOLOGY: Martin School Board members reconsider their vote to purchase laptops for every high school freshman, the Stuart News reports.
CONSTRUCTION NEEDS: Duval community leaders question the school district's plans to seek $1 billion for school improvements, the Florida Times-Union reports.
TEACHER EVALUATIONS: Palm Beach's superintendent seeks to fine-tune his district's evaluation model, the Palm Beach Post reports.
SCHOOL BUSES: Central Florida school districts face a bus driver shortage, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
NAME CHANGE: An Orange County elementary school wins a new name, the Orlando Sentinel reports.