Florida education news: Testing, guns, bonuses and more
TESTING: Florida senators begin debating ways to make state testing less onerous and expensive.
GUNS ON CAMPUS: The Florida Legislature can look to Texas for a real-world example as it discusses whether to allow concealed weapons on university campuses.
SUPERINTENDENTS: The Lake County School Board is set to approve a contract with its new superintendent, the Daily Commercial reports. • The Monroe County School Board is expected to extend superintendent Mark Porter's contract, the Keynoter reports.
LABOR NEWS: The Polk County school district declares its teacher contract negotiations have reached an impasse, the Ledger reports.
SCHOOL CHOICE: The Manatee County school district changes policy to allow student-athletes in nontraditional programs such as home schooling to use school choice to pick where they play sports, the Bradenton Herald reports.
LEGAL ADVICE: The Brevard County school district considers hiring a full-time staff attorney, the Florida Record reports.
BAD ACTS: A Palm Beach County school bus aide faces dismissal after punching a student with autism, the Palm Beach Post reports.
GRADUATION RATES: Volusia County high schools seek to further improve their rising graduation rates, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
EARLY LEARNING: An alliance of business, community and education groups aims to improve preschool programs in Escambia County, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
BULLYING: Florida schools report a decline in bullying, the Sun-Sentinel reports.