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Education news and notes from Tampa Bay and Florida

The governor's budget, Marco Rubio, suspensions and more



THAT TIME OF YEAR: Gov. Rick Scott announces his $79.3 billion budget for next year, saying it includes a “historic” increase for education. But critics say 85 percent of the increase comes from property tax increases on homeowners and businesses.

THE ART OF TEACHING: As a part-time teacher at Florida International University, Marco Rubio drew rave reviews in class but fell short when it came to the educational grunt work of developing reading lists and grading papers and tests.

TRANSPARENCY: A bill sponsored by state Rep. Fred Costello, R-Ormond Beach, would require the state to come clean on state education budgets that rely on local property tax increases, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

NOT ENOUGH: Lake County education officials say Scott’s budget proposal falls short in a county that already receives lower than the average per-student allocation, the Daily Commercial reports.

COST SHARING: Audits uncover thousands of dollars in overpayments to construction companies, but the high cost of conducting them has the Indian River School Board wanting to pass audit costs on to contractors, TCPalm reports.

MR. PRESIDENT: A 13-year-old student with autism becomes student body president at Somerset City Arts Conservatory in Homestead, the Miami Herald reports.

NOT A DONE DEAL: Duval County school superintendent Nikolai Vitti says he’s open to changing his controversial plans to revamp 19 schools, the Florida Times-Union reports.

DIALING IT DOWN: Orange County reports a 16 percent decrease in middle school suspensions, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

ANSWER IS NO: A federal appeals court rules against a former porn star who tried to advertise his math tutoring business at three Boca Raton schools, the Sun Sentinel reports.

ALTERNATE ROUTE: Miami Choral Academy loses grant but figures out a way to educate more students than before, StateImpact Florida reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 7:35am]


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