Education

16 Manatee schools get 'A's' as state releases final school grades

16 Manatee schools get 'A's' as state releases final school grades

Overall, the district received a B from the state, up from a C last year. Sixteen schools in Manatee County were deemed A schools, 13 were graded as B schools, 11 were rated C schools, 11 were D schools and eight were rated failing schools. Two schools Sea Breeze Elementary School and Oasis Middle School, a charter were still rated incomplete by the state on Friday.

State Politics

Legislators make few repairs to Florida’s safety net but push back on tax cuts

With a budget flush with more than $1 billion of additional revenue, lawmakers are locked in a debate over whether to back a budget that restores $1 billion in cuts to the state’s tattered safety net for the state’s most vulnerable children, disabled and elderly — as the state Senate proposes — or returns it to taxpayers in the form of tax cuts, as the House and Gov. Rick Scott propose.

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