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Florida education news: Testing, classroom efficiencies, religious expression and more

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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.

PLAY TIME: House Speaker Richard Corcoran says advocates pushing a bill for daily elementary school recess should let the legislative process play out. More from the News Service of Florida.

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.

[Last modified: Friday, April 21, 2017 6:55am]


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