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Florida appeals court takes up major school lawsuit

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Florida appeals court takes up major school lawsuit

A Florida appeals court is considering whether or not the state is shortchanging its public school students. A three judge panel on Tuesday heard arguments in a long-running case that contends the state is ignoring a constitutional requirement that calls for a "high quality system of free public schools." More from the AP and the Times/Herald.

Florida's top court leaves ruling intact on 'opt out' testing case

The Florida Supreme Court has declined to take up a lawsuit brought by parents who told their children not to answer questions on the state third-grade reading test and then sued when the students were barred from fourth grade. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]

Top Bright Futures scholars will have full tuition covered this year

Florida’s top scholars are getting ready to receive a big funding boost. The top recipients of the bright futures scholarship have now been told they are eligible to have 100% of their tuition covered, and for many students, the extra money is much needed. More from WCTV and the Miami Herald.

Senator Nelson pitches plan to ease burdensome student debt

Meeting with college students and recent graduates dealing with the burden of student debt, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson outlined legislation that would cap rates on federal undergraduate loans at 4 percent and allow the refinancing of older loans at lower rates. [Source: Daily Business Review]

Florida: Schools can hold recess inside classrooms

Florida schools can comply with the state's new recess mandate without having to take children outside. The Florida Department of Education on Friday told school superintendents that there's nothing in a new state law that dictates where recess must take place. [Source: ]

ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:

› A Florida school district is banning homework
Elementary school students in one Florida school district are going to find a welcome new - but controversial - policy when they return to school for the 2017-18 school year next month: no traditional homework.

› Nursing degrees now offered at four more Florida colleges
The Florida Board of Education approved four more colleges on Monday to begin offering Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees by 2018.

› Rockettes and CSI: FSU PC camps foster love of physics
Two camps are part of a larger effort by FSU PC to get students hooked on science, specifically physics. The district has the lowest physics enrollment in the state.

› Adam Putnam sees ‘pathway’ to open carry, campus carry
Agriculture Commissioner and Republican candidate for governor Adam Putnam Tuesday said “there is absolutely a pathway” to bring back open carry and to permit what’s called “campus carry” in Florida.

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