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Teacher raises stick in Florida’s new budget. Plus, test requirements, distance learning and more education news.

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Lawmakers approved the budget Thursday in Capitol building that was mostly abandoned. [Emily L. Mahoney | Tampa Bay Times]
Lawmakers approved the budget Thursday in Capitol building that was mostly abandoned. [Emily L. Mahoney | Tampa Bay Times]

Show them the money. In a nearly empty Capitol, Florida lawmakers “gathered” Thursday to adopt a $93.2 billion budget. And yes, teacher raises were in it.

No computers? No problem. The Pasco County school district has plans to get devices into children’s hands for taking classes from home.

But does distance learning work? There have been glitches, as the Miami Herald reports. • The Bradenton Herald reports on Manatee County’s efforts. • More on Lee County’s plans from the Fort Myers News-Press.

A kid’s gotta eat. Hillsborough County’s public transit system has a way to make sure children without personal transportation can get free meals at schools.

More closures keep coming. A Head Start provider serving Pinellas and Hillsborough counties has joined the list.

But not everyone. Private colleges, for instance, as Florida Politics reports. • Many day cares are staying open, too, WTVJ reports.

Does Florida’s high school algebra and language arts graduation requirement remain? Or not? It’s complicated.

Deadlines keep shifting. The Cape Coral charter school system is exploring a later final day of classes, WBBH reports. • And the FHSAA hasn’t totally ruled out completing the spring sports season, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

What’d he say? Education commissioner Richard Corcoran talked to WMFE about how he thinks schools are dealing with COVID-19.

Is all this getting you down? Some high school seniors say missing out on milestones is disappointing, WOFL reports.

Try not to get burned out. Online teaching can do it, if you’re not careful. A veteran virtual educator offers five tips for self-preservation, in an Education Week column.

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In non-virus news ...

Career training matters. And Hernando County appears on track for its first standalone vocational school, Hernando Sun reports.

Thank goodness that’s settled. At about the same time state lawmakers killed Florida’s Best and Brightest teacher bonus, a federal judge approved a $15.5 million settlement in the lawsuit contending the system was discriminatory, the News Service of Florida reports.

This too. A Palm Beach County family will get $200,000 from the school district. Their son with autism was left on a school bus for more than five hours in 2015, the Palm Beach Post reports.

Missed yesterday’s news? Here’s the link to that roundup.

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