Sunday, November 19, 2017

Florida education news: Teachers, testing, audits and more

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TEACHER PAY: Hundreds of Hillsborough County teachers are expected to fill the School Board chambers today to complain about the district's announcement it will not fulfill their salary agreement.

TESTING: A review clears Pasco County's Trinity Oaks Elementary of suspected irregularities in its 2017 fourth-grade state math tests.

AUDITS: The Florida Auditor General sees some improvements in financial controls among the state's 67 school districts.

GUNS ON CAMPUS: A Hillsborough County seventh grader is arrested for having an unloaded pistol at school.

EARLY LEARNING: The state has not revised its funding formula for early education programs in years, despite shifting populations and needs, the Herald-Tribune reports.

TAX PLANS: The Manatee County school district details how it would spend an added $31 million generated by a higher property tax rate if voters approve, the Bradenton Herald reports.

TURNAROUNDS: A Palm Beach County principal is recognized for her work with students and staff to improve her school's test performance, the Palm Beach Post reports.

STUDENT DISCIPLINE: Black students are disproportionately disciplined in central Florida school districts, WFTV reports.

COLLEGE COSTS: Gov. Rick Scott signals support for a constitutional amendment that would waive tuition and fees for family members of first responders, law enforcement officers and active military killed on duty, the News Service of Florida reports.

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