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Florida education news: Armed teachers, Common Core, teacher tests and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.

ARMING TEACHERS: Amid vocal opposition, a Florida Senate committee will debate a bill today that would allow teachers to carry guns in their classrooms as part of the state’s guardian program. The House introduced legislation late Tuesday that would do the same thing. For some perspective on the discussion, check out this review of the guardian program since its inception.

COMMON CORE: An effort to review and revise Florida’s academic standards, which include the Common Core, is on pace to have recommendations available by fall.

TEACHER TESTS: The Florida Board of Education reduces the fees for teacher certification exams.

FUNDING: The Florida Senate calls for $1.1 billion in increased education funding, including the creation of a new voucher program, Associated Press reports. It’s more than the governor has recommended, and more generous than the House is expected to be. • A Florida House committee proposes allowing universities to spend rollover funds in the same way that has landed them in hot water for misspending, the Orlando Sentinel reports. But its overall plan is to cut higher education funding, Florida Politics reports.

AP CLASSES: Pasco County high school students ask district leaders not to cut Advanced Placement courses because of low anticipated enrollment.

VAPING: Hernando County school leaders seek ways to control a rising vaping situation among students.

FRESH FOOD: The Hernando County school district works with area farmers to bring local products to students’ school meals.

HURRICANE RELIEF: Bay County superintendent Bill Husfelt asks the state Board of Education for help as his community bounces back from Hurricane Michael, WJHG reports.

TRAFFICKING EDUCATION: The Florida House advances a bill that would require schools teach students about human trafficking, Associated Press reports.

ED REFORM: Florida has returned to the national limelight with its aggressive push to expand several aspects of the “reform” agenda including vouchers, charter schools and choice, The 74 reports. • A Florida House committee supported two bills that would allow charter school growth, Redefined reports.

MEDICAL WOES: A Broward County family says the school district is preventing their daughter from attending school because it won’t allow the nurse to give the girl medicine she needs if she suffers an epileptic seizure, WSVN reports.

TOP PRINCIPAL: A Broward County principal is named Florida Principal of the Year, WPLG reports. More from the Sun-Sentinel.

GETTING THERE: The Lake County school district purchases 27 new school buses with safety upgrades, the Daily Commercial reports.

TODAY: House PreK-12 Appropriations, 9 a.m. (On the agenda: Proposed budget conforming language) • House Higher Education, 9:30 a.m. • Senate Education Appropriations, 10 a.m. (On the agenda: Budget proposal) • Senate Infrastructure and Security, 4 p.m. (On the agenda: SB 7030, school safety — includes allowing armed teachers)

ICYMI: Yesterday’s Florida education news roundup