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Florida education news: #HB7069, school names, teacher tests and more

House Speaker Richard Corcoran joins Gov. Rick Scott in a tour of Florida to tout successes of the legislative session, including increased education funding that Corcoran once opposed.
House Speaker Richard Corcoran joins Gov. Rick Scott in a tour of Florida to tout successes of the legislative session, including increased education funding that Corcoran once opposed.
Published Jun. 14, 2017

#HB7069: Gov. Rick Scott receives the Legislature's controversial education conforming bill, giving him 15 days to act. On a "victory tour" of Florida celebrating the session results, Scott says he's still reviewing the legislation, while opponents come out to urge his veto. Groups backing the bill continue to press for the governor's signature, as well, the News Service of Florida reports. If it becomes law, HB 7069 could face a legal challenge from lawmakers who contend it was passed illegally. More from the Florida Times-Union, Florida Politics.

WHAT'S IN A NAME? A Hillsborough County School Board member proposes renaming Robert E. Lee Elementary School, noting had the Confederacy won the Civil War, "a majority of our students (there) would be slaves."

NEW USES: A coalition of civic and community leaders plan to take over Pasco County's first school for African-Americans, which has been closed since 2015.

TESTING: A south Florida teacher fights the state's certification testing system, WPTV reports.

BUDGETS: The Duval County School Board prepares to dip into its reserve accounts to cover expenses after state funding does not meet expectations, the Florida Times-Union reports. • Polk County school district officials say the recently adopted state budget will not cover rising costs, the Ledger reports. • The Manatee County School Board considers asking voters to increase the local property tax rate to provide more operating money for schools, the Bradenton Herald reports.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: Francis Marion Academy in Marion County moves into its third location, which is three times larger than the last one, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

OVERSPENDING: An internal audit reveals the Broward County school district paid too much to repave its athletic tracks and playgrounds, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

BAD ACTS: A Broward County district administrator is demoted after accusations he misused his position, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

TODAY: The Florida School Boards Association begins its three-day summer conference in Tampa. The state's superintendents and education legislative liaisons associations also meet. (Agenda)