Florida education news: Budget cuts, school choice, Betsy DeVos visits and more Jeffrey S. Solochek, Times Staff Writer Friday, April 7, 2017 7:11am

INDOCTRINATION? A claim that the U.S. Department of Education forces schools in Florida and elsewhere to use a curriculum promoting Islam is False, Politifact Florida reports.

ON THE FLOOR: Despite many education-related measures being filed, just a few have won passage in at least one chamber of the Florida Legislature at the halfway point of session.

BUDGET CUTS: Florida college leaders say they cannot absorb the revenue reductions proposed in the Florida Legislature, Flagler Live reports.

CONSTITUTION REVISION: Residents call for an end to state testing among other issues as they speak to the Florida Constitution Revision Commission in Miami, the Miami Herald reports.

SCHOOL CHOICE: One in six Seminole County schools have seats available for open enrollment, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • A record number of Miami-Dade County students apply for magnet schools, the Miami Herald reports.

YOU'RE FIRED: A Hernando County teacher is dismissed after an assignment asking students inappropriate questions, WFLA reports. • A Lee County long-term substitute teacher is banned from the district for five years after allowing a student to borrow his car to go get food, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

DALE! U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visits Pitbull's charter school in Miami, the Washington Post Answer Sheet reports. More from the Miami Herald.

SEEKING SAVINGS: The Marion County school district considers closing or consolidating schools, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

STUDENT DISCIPLINE: A Duval County teacher tells the School Board that principals and counselors don't back teacher discipline decisions, the Florida Times-Union reports.

SAFER TRAVELS: A Brevard County family calls for more protections for children walking or biking to school after their son is struck and killed in traffic, Florida Today reports.

HALF DAYS: Adopted for planning time, they're on their way out of Palm Beach County schools and at least one educator is praising the move, the Palm Beach Post reports.

DECENTRALIZED LEADERSHIP: Some Broward and Palm Beach schools prepare for a new principal autonomy project, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: Proposals to stabilize charter school capital funding begin to gain steam in the Florida Legislature, Redefined reports.

LIFE LESSONS: The Flagler County school district aims to increase its career and industry certification offerings, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

TODAY: The Florida Constitution Revision Commission holds a public hearing at Florida Atlantic University at 9 a.m. • The Revenue Estimating Conference will have an Impact Conference session at 9 a.m. (Agenda)

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