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Florida education news: Vouchers, turnarounds, tuition costs and more



MORE VOUCHERS: Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford calls for an expansion of the state's school voucher system, which Senate President Don Gaetz says he'll back only if state accountability testing is included. • U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor comes to Tampa to tout increased school choice options.

TURNAROUNDS: Two Hernando schools create plans in case they don't improve their poor academic performance. One of the schools — Eastside Elementary — implements a writing boot camp and other measures to help improve its results.

CHALLENGE: Former NBA star Magic Johnson encourages young black men to get a good education and find success in the world during a session in Tampa.

KEY DOCUMENT: A family suing the Hillsborough district over the death of their daughter on the school bus finds a memo that appears to substantiate their accusations.

TUITION: Support grows among Florida political leaders for allowing illegal immigrant students living in Florida to pay in-state tuition costs, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

TOLERANCE: A federal judge will hear arguments over whether a group of Lake County middle school students can begin a gay-straight alliance at their school, WFSU reports.

EARLY LEARNING: Florida House members prepare legislation to improve the state's voluntary prekindergarten program, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

TOO FAR? Some Broward law enforcement officers worry that the school district's effort to reduce arrests in disciplinary matters might overlook victims' rights, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

DECISION DAY: About 44 percent of applicants get letters admitting them to the University of Florida, the Gainesville Sun reports.

[Last modified: Saturday, February 15, 2014 7:01am]


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