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Education news and notes from Tampa Bay and Florida

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.

AWARDS: Moton Elementary School's computer lab manager wins Hernando School-Related Employee of the Year. • Teacher of the Year finalists in Pinellas and Pasco prepare for their annual celebrations.

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.

NIMBY, AGAIN: The Lee district's latest site for a new school in Bonita Springs generates another round of opposition, the Naples Daily News reports. More from the Fort Myers News-Press.

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.

[Last modified: Thursday, January 28, 2016 6:48am]


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