Florida education news: Tuition, vouchers, pre-k and more
BIG STEP: A bill to grant in-state tuition to illegal immigrant residents attending Florida universities passes the House, but still faces significant hurdles.
DYING GASPS: Florida Sen. Bill Galvano withdraws his bill that would have expanded the state's voucher system, saying there wasn't enough time to reach agreement on accountability issues.
EARLY EDUCATION: Gov. Rick Scott gets it mostly right when he says Florida leads the nation in prekindergarten access, Politifact Florida reports.
PRIORITIES: University of Florida president Bernie Machen says his top budget goal this year is to increase employee pay, the Gainesville Sun reports.
NICE TRY: Florida State College at Jacksonville former president Steve Wallace was denied in his attempt to get unemployment benefits after receiving more than $500,000 in severance, the Florida Times-Union reports.
TESTING: Miami-Dade superintendent Alberto Carvalho questions the choice of AIR to provide Florida's next accountability tests, State Impact Florida reports.
GUNS: Florida lawmakers should nix legislation that would allow more armed people on school campuses, the Palm Beach Post editorializes. • The Florida House approves a bill that would ease penalties for students who bring toy guns to school, the Miami Herald reports.
THEY'LL DO IT: Florida university presidents pledge their support to performance funding, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.