The big story: When they expanded school vouchers in the spring, state lawmakers also set in motion an effort to reduce regulations on the public education system.The initiative is now under way.Florida Department of Education officials presented their recommendations for statute repeals and revisions to Senate and House committees this week. Most dealt with repetitive and obsolete reports and requirements. The Senate PreK-12 Education Committee took the issue further, introducing spreadsheets filled with more meaty ideas.Its bills are up for first consideration next week. Senate President Kathleen Passidomo has set education deregulation as one of her 2024 personal priorities. Read more from the Gradebook newsletter , and also from the Tallahassee Democrat .During special session Wednesday, the Legislature approved bills expanding voucher participation and providing more money for security at Jewish schools. Both are headed to the governor’s desk , Florida Phoenix reports. Concerns remain over delayed payments for the existing vouchers, WFLA reports.Today in Tallahassee, the House Choice and Innovation subcommittee meets at 9 a.m. It is set to hear presentations about Tallahassee Collegiate Academy and the Florida Institute for Charter School Innovation at Miami Dade College. Testing: Florida’s average ACT score is among the worst in the nation , and lower than a year ago, Axios reports. School improvement: Four struggling Alachua County elementary schools will see changes next year as the district imposes newly approved turnaround plans , the Gainesville Sun reports. Public records: A Flagler County School Board member said the district should have ignored state laws in releasing public records regarding student statements related to getting bitten by rats, Flagler Live reports. Pay raises: Broward County teachers protested for 9% raises so they can afford the area cost of living, WPLG reports. The Broward Teachers Union has asked for 7% increases during negotiations, while the district has offered 1.7%. • Duval County school custodians are making a public plea for a raise from $12 an hour to $15 , the Florida Times-Union reports. Getting to school: Gadsden County parents are asking for more street lights along their children’s route walking to school, WTXL reports. Funding: New College is asking for nearly a half-billion dollars in state funding over the next five years, the Herald-Tribune reports. Officials said it’s needed to retool the school and make it more attractive to students. Book bans: Collier County school district officials say vague state laws have left it up to them to decide whether to keep books based on their content, WINK reports. Collier has removed hundreds of titles as a precaution. • One of the Santa Rosa residents who called the police to complain that school librarians are distributing pornography to minors is a candidate for School Board , the Pensacola News-Journal reports. Board politics: Representatives from Broward County school volunteer groups criticized the arrest of a longtime volunteer at a recent school board meeting, saying it sent a bad message to people willing to help, the Sun-Sentinel reports. From the police blotter ... A former employee of a Marion County alternative school has been indicted on federal fraud charges , WCJB reports. • A Bay County charter school basketball coach was arrested on accusations of stealing money from the school , WMBB reports. Event alert! The Tampa Bay Times is sponsoring an education community conversation on Jan. 30 at the Tampa Theatre. The topic is “Conflicts, challenges and culture wars in Florida’s classrooms.” It will feature two panels — one of educators and policy makers, another of students. Get more information here . Don’t miss a story. Here’s a link to yesterday’s roundup . Before you go ... So what did you think about Walmart’s “Mean Girls” ad for the holidays? Is it “fetch”?• • •Every Thursday, get the latest updates on what’s happening in Tampa Bay area schools from Times education reporter Jeffrey S. Solochek. Click here to sign up.