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Florida education news: Parent trigger, top teachers, virtual schooling and more

Published Apr. 26, 2013

LET'S MAKE A DEAL: The parent trigger hangs by a thread in the Florida Senate, where members seek compromise over whether the state or local school districts would have final say over parent turnaround choices.

BEST TEACHERS: Low-achieving Miami-Dade students are less likely to get top teachers than their high achieving peers, BET reports.

ONLINE CUTBACKS: Florida Virtual School faces a funding reduction of close to 14 percent as lawmakers seek to spread the money for online education providers, the AP reports.

SPONSORSHIPS: Central Florida schools raise money by selling advertising, 13 News reports.

BEHAVE: Clay business leaders urge the School Board and superintendent to stop bickering and fighting, the Florida Times-Union reports.

BE SMART: Manatee high school students get a lesson in safety as a prom precursor, the Herald-Tribune reports.

LABOR NEWS: Collier teachers and the district remain at impasse over salary steps from 2011, the Naples Daily News reports.

NOT ENOUGH: Facing a reserve shortfall, Manatee district leaders explore options including closing schools, the Bradenton Herald reports. • Orange schools will be about $3 billion short of meeting their capital needs after the district's half-penny sales tax expires, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

STILL SHRINKING: Enrollment in Flagler and Volusia schools continues to decline, threatening a loss in funding, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

SAFETY FIRST: The Santa Rosa School Board extends its private busing contract amid safety concerns raised by bus drivers, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.