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Florida education news: State funding, student data, charter schools and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran
Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran
Published Jan. 10, 2018

FUNDING: In the first hours of Florida's 2018 legislative session, House Speaker Richard Corcoran made crystal clear his perspective on public education funding and the role of local property taxes. Leaving the tax rates unchanged to benefit from rising values, as proposed by Gov. Rick Scott, won't fly in the House, he said.

SURVEY SAYS: After getting some parent complaints, Pasco County's superintendent kills a high school fundraiser that collected student personal data to help make potential matches in advance of Valentine's Day.

IN COURT: Several Pinellas County school district officials and board members of local charter schools run by Newpoint are subpoenaed to testify in the Ohio trial of one of the charters' suppliers.

GRADUATION RATES: The Florida Department of Education has yet to release 2017 results, and has not set a date to do so.

GUNS ON CAMPUS: St. Johns County officials question the need for legislation to allow certain individual to carry weapons in public schools, the St. Augustine Record reports.

LET THE SUNSHINE IN: The Okaloosa County School Board delays debate over a proposal to charge the public for every copy made of a public record after residents question the language, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports. • The Citrus County School Board considers changing its process for allowing public comment, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.

HEALTH CARE: Students at two Bay County elementary schools will gain access to increased medical services as the school district enters an agreement with a health care provider, the Panama City News Herald reports.

MAKEUP MINUTES: Alachua County schools extend their class days by seven minutes through the end of the year, to make up for time missed because of winter weather cancellations, the Gainesville Sun reports.

TRAINING: All Marion County school district employees are assigned to take child abuse reporting training, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

SCHOOL SAFETY: More than 100 registered sex offenders live within 1,000 feet of Collier County public schools, the Naples Daily News reports.

CLASS RANK: The Duval County school district considers doing away with high school class rankings, WJCT reports.

TODAY IN TALLAHASSEE: House PreK-12 Appropriations, 9 a.m. • Senate PreK-12 Appropriations, 11 a.m. • House Higher Education Appropriations, noon • House PreK-12 Quality, 1 p.m.

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