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October 19, 2018
More Florida school districts join suit over controversial state education law


Palm Beach County Commissioner Mack Bernard speaking at Pine Grove Elementary in July.

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More Florida school districts join suit over controversial state education law

| 8/10/2017

More Florida school districts join suit over controversial state education law

Miami-Dade and Palm Beach county joined a growing number of school districts challenging the constitutionality of Florida’s sweeping new education law. Seven districts have pledged to join a lawsuit so far — but none has yet actually filed one to challenge what’s known as House Bill 7069. More from the AP, the Palm Beach Post and the Miami Herald.

» See previous coverage of other districts joining suit against education law.

Cost of living adjustment raises the ire of school officials

Some school districts are chafing under a provision meant to adjust funding based on cost of living. They’re applauding an effort to study the system, but from different perspectives. [Source: WUSF]

Putnam calls wide-ranging education bill ‘a bridge too far’

Republican candidate for governor Adam Putnam said Tuesday during a stop in Sarasota that a controversial education bill signed into law earlier this year was “a bridge too far.” The legislation was the top priority for House Speaker Richard Corcoran, who is weighing running against Putnam in the GOP primary for governor. [Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune]

See also:
» New education law gets mixed reaction on the Suncoast
» Adam Putnam touts vocational education in visit to Sarasota

More than 100,000 Florida students receiving school vouchers

More than 100,000 Florida students are enrolled in the state's main private school voucher program. Step Up for Students, the largest organization that administers the program, said enrollment hit 100,238 last week. More from the AP and the Orlando Sentinel.

Florida school districts still unsure of how to handle medical marijuana

Ten months ago, 71 percent of Florida's voters said "yes" on Amendment 2. Rick Scott signed the legislation on June 23. Still, Florida's 67 school districts haven't decided how to store or administer the drug to prescribed children. [Source: ]


› As USF mulls new football stadium, officials say taxpayers won't foot bill
A new football stadium could be coming to the University of South Florida campus, but school officials stress there's quite a process to work through before the first bit of turf settles.

› A-rated school is Palm Beach County’s most unhappy campus
It’s a high-achieving school, with an A grade from the state and an address in a prosperous zip code. But if any school demonstrates the adage that test scores aren’t everything, it’s this Jupiter campus.

› Florida Department of Education seeks full dismissal of third-grade retention suit
With the refusal to act by the Florida Supreme Court, parents' lawsuit against several school districts over the implementation of the state's third-grade retention law evaporated.

› Lake County impacted by reduction in teachers
With so many positions to fill, recruiting is a year-round effort. But the local teachers’ union thinks the district wouldn’t need to work as hard if they weren’t so quick to replace teachers.

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