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Florida education news: Pay protest, school rules, attendance zones and more

By Jeff Solochek
Students gather outside Robinson High School in Tampa to protest Hillsborough County teachers' pay. [Photo by Alara Hollyfield]

STUDENT SUPPORT: Hillsborough County teachers are in the middle of a wage dispute with their school district. On Wednesday, hundreds of high school students across the county walked out of their classes to show support for their teachers. Visit the Gradebook at 9 a.m. for a podcast interview  on the situation with Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association executive director Stephanie Baxter-Jenkins.

RED TAPE: A Florida Constitution Revision Commission member proposes that highly effective county school districts should have the same flexibility as charter schools.

SCHOOL BOUNDARIES: The Pasco County school district unveils a possible map to send all of Ridgewood High's students to other schools in fall 2018 as Ridgewood becomes a magnet technical school.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: A group that withdrew its application to open a charter school in Hernando County expects to revise its plan and try again.

SCHOLARSHIPS: A Florida House panel advances a bill to create tax credit scholarships for bullied students, the Orlando Sentinel reports. More from the News Service of Florida.

HOMELESSNESS: A new report shows the number of homeless students in St. Johns County is on the rise, the St. Augustine Record reports.

SCHOOL SAFETY: A Lee County high school student is arrested for having a loaded gun in his backpack, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

TAXES: Some Manatee County educators wonder if a proposed property tax increase would help the district compete for teachers, the Bradenton Herald reports. The Manatee County Commission has set the date for the election to take place, the Herald-Tribune reports.

TEACHER HOUSING: Key West leaders consider supporting a Monroe County school district plan to provide affordable housing for teachers, the Keynoter reports.

MIDDLE GROUND: Democratic state Rep. Shevrin Jones seeks compromise in Florida's school choice and accountability debates, Redefined reports.

LABOR NEWS: Sarasota County teachers and the school district remain at odds over salaries, the Herald-Tribune reports.

LIFE SAVERS: Palm Beach teachers save the life of a student who accidentally impaled himself with a sharpened pencil, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

BAD ACTS: Prosecutors decline to pursue charges against a Palm Beach County school bus aide who was accused of abuse against a student with autism, the Palm Beach Post reports. • A FAMU Developmental Research School teacher is accused of inappropriate acts with several students, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.