Florida education news: #HB7069, teacher diversity, crowd funding and more – Tampabay.com (blog)

#HB7069:Backroom dealing over the Florida Legislature’s proposed education budget and conforming bill caught even lawmakers offguard. Education advocates continue to call for a veto of HB 7069 despite Gov. Rick Scott’s insistence on higher per-student funding as part of the agreement. St. Johns County school district leaders worry that provisions for “schools of hope” in the bill will diminish support for traditional public schools, the St. Augustine Record reports. More on “schools of hope” from TC Palm. A special session begins Wednesday, Florida Politics reports.

TEACHER DIVERSITY: The Pinellas County school district aims to increase its ratio of black teachers.

CROWD FUNDING:South Florida teachers turn to online fundraising sources to help pay for some basic classroom items, as well as some extras, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

BUDGET CUTS: Marion County school district leaders look for $10 million in spending reductions that have limited classroom effect, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

SUMMER SLIDE:Polk County educators offer ideas to keep kids learning over the summer, the Ledger reports.

COST OF LIVING:Gov. Rick Scott vetoes funding to study teacher cost-of-living disparities, the Miami Herald reports.

SUPERINTENDENTS:Clay County School Board members give new superintendent Addison Davis positive marks after six months on the job, the Florida Times-Union reports.

SCHEDULING:All Lee County middle schools will run on the same block schedules in the fall, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

LETTERHEAD: Sarasota High School gets a new address after renovations relocate its entrance, the Herald-Tribune reports.

PERSONALIZED LEARNING: A lab school in Gainesville dives into personalized learning for its students, Redefined reports.

READING LESSONS: Sarasota County schools rely on Direct Instruction to teach children to read, the Herald-Tribune reports.

NEW LAW:Gov. Rick Scott has signed into law HB 293, mandating a study of high-performing middle school reading and math programs in other states. The study has a budget of $50,000.

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