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Florida education news: Funding, testing, bad checks and more

FUNDING: Rising public school enrollment factors into Florida's shrinking budget surplus, the Associated Press reports.

TESTING: The Miami-Dade school district eliminates some mid-year tests, its third straight year of testing reductions, NBC-6 reports. More from the Miami Herald.

LOOKING AROUND: Monroe superintendent Mark Porter makes the short list in two Florida superintendent searches, the Keynoter reports. * The Alachua School Board prepares to launch a superintendent search, the Gainesville Sun reports.

INTERVENTION: The Duval School Board looks to a mediator to improve board member interactions, the Florida Times-Union reports.

LAWSUITS: Former Manatee High football coach Joe Kinnan sues the Manatee School Board claiming he was libeled and slandered, the Bradenton Herald reports. More from the Herald-Tribune.

BAD CHECKS: The firm hired to collect parent debts for Palm Beach schools has been bouncing checks to the school district, the Palm Beach Post reports.

PAYBACK: The Okaloosa principal who lost her election bid to replace incumbent superintendent Mary Beth Jackson finds herself transferred out of her job, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: Two Duval charter schools are seeking new life after a year of troubles with their management company, the Florida Times-Union reports.

STUDENT DISCIPLINE: Six Flagler students are suspended after making an email bomb threat to their high school, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

SCHOOL MAINTENANCE: The Broward School Board approves nearly $500 million in repair and maintenance projects, the Sun-Sentinel reports.