Florida education news: Tutoring, sick leave, school closures and more
CRACKDOWN: A Florida state senator files legislation to require stricter oversight of subsidized tutoring firms.
SICK LEAVE: The Hernando School Board unanimously approves allowing all employees to share their sick days with other district staff.
LIKE A FAMILY: Students and teachers at the Moore Mickens Education Center say closing their school and moving their programs would destroy their positive alternative learning environment.
DREAMING: A bill to grant in-state tuition to the children of illegal immigrants living in Florida gains traction in the state Senate.
TESTING: Seventy-eight sophomores at a St. Lucie high school have their FCAT writing tests tossed after they get the prompt a few days early, the St. Lucie Tribune reports. • About a dozen private schools accepting state vouchers volunteer to use the FCAT and end-of-course exams to assess their students, Redefined reports. • Hillsborough school officials explain why the district requires dozens of tests more than the state mandates, State Impact Florida reports.
STICK AROUND: The Miami-Dade School Board offers superintendent Alberto Carvalho a five-year contract extension and a big raise, the Miami Herald reports.
TAX REQUEST: Miami-Dade College asks lawmakers for permission to seek voter approval of a property tax to boost its funding, the Miami Herald reports.
SCHOOL SAFETY: Broward's charter schools do not have resource officers, which some people say limits their security, the Sun-Sentinel reports. • A Polk mom is arrested after going to a school meeting with a gun, stun gun and bag of meth, the Ledger reports.
CHARTER CLOSURE: The Palm Beach School Board ends its contract with a charter school with finance and enrollment woes, the Palm Beach Post reports.
HANDS ON: Students from across Florida head to Ocala to compete in police and firefighting drills, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
OUTSOURCING: Bay superintendent Bill Husfelt takes school bus privatization off the table for consideration, the Panama City News Herald reports. • Volusia district officials reject a request to pay severance to custodians ousted for an outside firm, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
GRADUATION: State lawmakers discuss creating more ways to graduate from high school amid concerns of lowering standards, the Orlando Sentinel reports.