Florida education news: Testing, classroom efficiencies, religious expression and more
TESTING: The Florida House moves its bill on state testing reforms closer to the Senate version, making compromise more likely.
SEARCH FOR SAVINGS: A consultant recommends changes to Hillsborough County school classrooms to find efficiencies. • The Duval County School Board examines programs and departments for potential cuts, the Florida Times-Union reports.
TEACHER BIAS? A religious liberties group accuses a Hillsborough County teacher of denying student rights to religious expression while she promotes an LGBT agenda.
BAD ACTS: A Clay County student is investigated for having a "shoot list" at school, WJAX reports. More from the Florida Times-Union. • A Volusia County student is arrested for making threats against his school, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
CONSTRUCTION FUNDS: The Marion County School Board agrees to not collect impact fees on new homes for the seventh straight year, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
ROLE MODELS: The Bay County school district begins its search for mentors to help in high-poverty schools, the Panama City News Herald reports.
TEACHER PAY: Miami-Dade County teachers find it tough to afford housing on their salaries, the Miami Herald reports.
NIMBY: A Miami neighborhood fights to keep a large new charter school away, the Miami Herald reports.
CROWDING: Palm Beach County high schools continue to be crowded, while some middle schools sit half filled, the Palm Beach Post reports.