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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.

BEST AND BRIGHTEST: About 7,200 Florida teachers are approved to receive the controversial bonus based on college entrance test scores, the Orlando Sentinel reports. More from the Bradenton Herald.

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.

[Last modified: Monday, January 9, 2017 6:49am]


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