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Florida education news: Tuition, testing, teacher shortage and more



COLLEGE COSTS: Sen. Bill Galvano files the "Florida Excellence in Higher Education Act" focusing on expanded financial assistance for students.

TESTING: The Senate Education Appropriations subcommittee gives a positive reception to several ideas aimed at cutting back state testing.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The Hernando County school district gets off to a slow start with a new program for students with mental health needs.

WHISTLEBLOWERS: The Clay County School Board works on revisions to its anti-fraud reporting policies, Clay Today reports.

TEACHER SHORTAGE: Florida is dealing with one of the nation's largest teacher shortfalls, WCJB reports.

FINANCES: A new state audit finds vast improvement in the Manatee County school district's financial operations, the Bradenton Herald reports.

MOTORCYCLE MISHAP: A Manatee County principal is demoted over her handling of an employee's motorcycle, the Bradenton Herald reports.

TEACHER ABSENTEEISM: The Duval County school district exceeds the state and national average for teachers missing two weeks or more of classes, the Florida Times-Union reports.

RECOVERY: A Palm Beach County School Board member is working to return to business after breaking her back on vacation, the Palm Beach Post reports.

SCHOOL CHOICE: The Palm Beach School Board considers giving lottery preference to students who were zoned out of their crowded neighborhood school, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

[Last modified: Thursday, January 12, 2017 5:56am]


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