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Florida education news: Per-student funding, teacher evaluations, school vouchers and more

BAD SITUATION MADE WORSE: Florida school districts prepare for bigger budget cuts than expected as lawmakers slash education funding deeper than anticipated. More budget details from the Gainesville Sun. (Times photo, Willie J. Allen Jr.)

FCAT WRITING: Tampa area school districts see improvement in their students' annual writing exam. More on Hernando schools results.

FOOD AND NUTRITION: Florida lawmakers move responsibility for school meals from the Department of Education to the Department of Agriculture.

TOP OF THE CLASS: JD Floyd sixth graders use art to learn geography - Pine Grove Elementary students learn about habitat at stuffed pet show

TAKE YOUR TIME: Experts say Florida and other states must ensure that new teacher evaluations are accurate before imposing them, the Florida Times-Union reports.

QUICK EXIT: Former Lee superintendent James Browder is forced out of his job as vice president at Edison State College, the Naples Daily News reports.

DEAD FOR NOW: Florida Sen. Joe Negron says his "education savings account" bill didn't pass this year but it will be back, the Stuart News reports.

LABOR NEWS: The Palm Beach teachers union rejects a contract offer that includes raises for teachers with 10 or fewer years only, the Palm Beach Post reports. - Okaloosa reaches a deal with school custodians to avoid privatizing school cleaning services, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

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