Florida education news: Testing, mindset, budgets and more
TESTING: Orange County parents call for a major overhaul to state and local testing and accountability, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
MINDSET: Escambia superintendent Malcolm Thomas calls upon district administrators and teachers to change the way they approach education, the Pensacola News Journal reports.
LAWSUITS: The group fighting Florida's education funding adequacy objects a state move to force it to pay court costs associated with the case, WJXT reports. * The Leon school district nears a settlement with a motorcyclist who crashed into a school bus, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
BUDGETS: Lake School Board members approve a rollback tax rate but raise questions about a "status quo" spending plan, the Daily Commercial reports. * The Collier School Board considers a 6.1 percent property tax increase, the Naples Daily News reports.
FITNESS: Two sixth grade classes at a Highlands middle school will participate in a semester-long fitness study in their P.E. class, Highlands Today reports.
LABOR NEWS: The Volusia School Board approves a new health insurance benefit for employees, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
EARLY EDUCATION: Polk educators stress the importance of preparing preschoolers before kindergarten, the Ledger reports.