Florida roundup: Budgets, teachers, legislation, Common Core and more

Legislature. StateImpact reviews the legislative session and talks about parental choice legislation with Senate Education Chairman John Legg.

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Private schools. A man hopes to open a small private school to better meet the needs of some children. South Florida Times.

Common Core. The Miami Herald captures Gov. Rick Scott on video as he explains his stance on the standards to a crowd of protestors.

Teachers. Pinellas County public school teachers feel they are over-worked and students are over-tested. Tampa Tribune. Several Broward and Palm Beach County teachers face state discipline. Sun-Sentinel.

Budgets. Palm Beach County school district is projecting a budget shortfall. Extra Credit. School board members worry a last-minute budget blitz in the waning days of the legislative session could backfire politically. Extra Credit. Pasco’s superintendent plans to start re-investing in school staffs. Tampa Bay Times. Collier County schools expect to dip into their reserves. Naples Daily News.

Special needs. Exceptional students in Jacksonville – including those who attends Christian schools – learn about art at a local museum. Florida Times-Union. A program helps them prepare for careers. Naples Daily News.

School district employees. Palm Beach County’s internal schools watchdog is accused of retaliation. Sun-Sentinel. A former Manatee school board attorney is feuding with the district. Bradenton Herald. A former Manatee High employee said her firing was a case of retaliation. Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Facilities. A Pinellas County high school is set to be torn down and rebuilt. Tampa Bay Times.

STEM. Middle schoolers  learn about DNA. Bradenton Herald.

Moms. Hernando County graders read mothers-day poetry. Tampa Bay Times.

Lunch. Manatee County’s district food and nutritional director receives national recognition. Bradenton Herald.