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Florida education news: Charter schools, magnet schools, teacher pay and more

By Jeff Solochek
Published: November 8, 2017 Updated: November 8, 2017 at 08:07 AM
About 15 Strawberry Crest High School students walked out of first period on Tuesday and gathered at the school's entrance to protest the Hillsborough School District's decision to deny teachers a scheduled pay raise. [TONY MARRERO/Times staff]

CHARTER SCHOOLS: An applicant to open a new Hernando County charter school withdraws its proposal after struggling to answer questions from School Board members. • Two applications to start new charters in Pinellas County also withdraw as district officials find deficiencies in their plans. • Four new charter schools seek approval to serve close to 4,400 students in Hillsborough County.

MAGNET SCHOOLS: The Pasco County School Board approves a plan to transform Ridgewood High School into a magnet technical school. The district will begin redrawing attendance boundaries immediately, with a new procedure.

TEACHER PAY: Some Hillsborough County high school students walk out of class in support of teachers' demand for pay raises.

TURNAROUNDS: Duval County school district officials discuss the possibilities for three schools with consistently low test scores, the Florida Times-Union reports. • A struggling Sarasota County charter school gets its improvement plan accepted, the Herald-Tribune reports.

WHAT'S GOING ON? The Okaloosa County school district endures a series of investigations into alleged bad acts, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

NEW SCHOOLS: The Manatee County school district breaks ground on a new high school, the Herald-Tribune reports.

NEW OFFICES: The Martin County school district considers where to build new administrative offices, TC Palm reports.

LABOR NEWS: Polk County non-instructional employees ratify a contract update, the Ledger reports. • Miami-Dade County teachers approve a new contract deal, the Miami Herald reports. • Palm Beach County teachers reject the district's latest salary offer, the Palm Beach Post reports.

SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH: Duval County parents offer ideas of what they'd like to see in a new superintendent, the Florida Times-Union reports.

SECURITY: The Pembroke Pines charter school system adds improved video surveillance at five campuses, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

TODAY IN TALLAHASSEE: Senate PreK-12 Appropriations, 10 a.m.; Senate Higher Education Appropriations, 2 p.m.; House PreK-12 Appropriations, 1:30 p.m.; House Post-Secondary Education, 1:30 p.m.; House PreK-12 Innovation, 4 p.m.