Education

Photo: The A Cappella Group, Cypress Lake High School

Founded in 2003 by director by Gary Stroh, Cypress Lake High School's The A Cappella Group, or TAG, is heading to New York City to compete for the high school a cappella international title: the third trip for TAG to the international competition in the program's history, and the second year in a row the group will compete for the title.

Florida has more than 100 schools that it labels persistently failing. Those schools have earned D’s and F’s for several years in a row. Many of them suffer from high poverty and high teacher turnover. The issues facing parents, teachers, and students in such schools are complex. Now a House panel has unveiled a plan that would change the way the state deals with such situations.

Florida House Republicans are back at it again. They’ve revived an effort to make changes to Florida’s Retirement System.

A rift has emerged along a now-familiar fault line in the House and Senate Education spending plans. The chambers are again at odds over how to count what’s known as the required local effort to fund public schools.

The price tag for Florida’s class size amendment is now at $34 billion. The state has spent that much since the measure was put into the Florida constitution by voters back in 2002. Since that time, its caused headaches for schools and districts which undergo the tricky task of trying to meet the standard. Now  state lawmakers are trying again to grant districts a little more wiggle room when it comes to class sizes.

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