Florida education news: The Florida model, school choice, test prep and more
IN PRAISE OF REFORM: Jeb Bush's education foundation launches a new campaign touting Florida's accountability efforts, sparking an immediate backlash.
'SCHOOL CHOICE AGENDA': The Florida House approves two measures to expand school choice with promises of more to come.
TEST PREP: Pasco County schools launch new online programs to help students hone their skills for upcoming end-of-course exams.
TEXTBOOKS: Lawmakers should keep Florida's textbook adoption process at the state level rather than handing it to districts, the Times editorializes.
GUNS IN SCHOOLS: The Florida Senate kills a proposal that would have allowed some teachers to carry guns in public schools, the Florida Times-Union reports.
EDUCATION FUNDING: Charlie Crist's accusation that Gov. Rick Scott tried to slash Florida education funding by $3.3 billion is Mostly True, Politifact Florida reports. • State appropriations committees propose the highest public education funding levels in years, the Gainesville Sun reports. • Lee School Board members press lawmakers for more money for school infrastructure needs, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
TUITION: Gov. Rick Scott needs to keep the state's history of low university tuition in mind as he aims to cut the cost for students, the Ledger editorializes.
POSTPONED: Lawmakers stall a bill that would alter charter school contracts amid concerns over amendments, the Florida Current reports.