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Florida education news: Testing, volunteering, debating and more

Jeffrey S. Solochek, Times Staff Writer

Sunday, October 5, 2014 7:36am

READY? OR NOT? Experts say Florida's preparations for its new spring tests might not be enough.

PARENT INVOLVEMENT: The Pinellas school district considers easing its restrictions on parents who want to volunteer but have past convictions.

VOUCHERS: A coalition of parents rises to fight efforts to kill Florida's voucher programs, Bay News 9 reports.

GET TO KNOW THEM: The Lake school district and city of Leesburg hope to inform residents about local schools with a new cable television program, the Daily Commercial reports.

STATE STANDARDS: A Miami-Dade middle school teaches students to debate to help them meet the state's latest educational demands, State Impact Florida reports.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: The Duval school district rejects two new charter school applicants, the Florida Times-Union reports.

TAXES: Broward voters should support a local tax to support long-needed school construction and repair, the Sun-Sentinel editorializes.