‘NOTHING IS OFF THE TABLE’: As Florida lawmakers approach their 2020 session, they’re looking for ways to shift millions of dollars so they can increase teacher pay. The GOP leadership doesn’t want to raise taxes, but they are taking a look at all areas of the budget, House PreK-12 Appropriations chairman Rep. Chris Latvala says in our latest Gradebook podcast.
TOP TEACHERS: Three Pasco County teachers are named finalists for the district’s 2020 Teacher of the Year. • Fifteen Duval County educators are semifinalists for their county’s annual award, the Florida Times-Union reports.
UNION LAWSUIT: The Florida Education Association drops its legal challenge to the recent state law forcing teacher union recertification if membership drops below a certain level, the News Service of Florida reports.