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Florida education news: Athlete transfers, furloughs, bullying and more



url.jpegTOO RIGID: Hillsborough School Board members call for more flexibility in the district athlete transfer policy that was enacted to prevent cheating. (Times file photo)

LEAVE CANCELED: The Pasco school district finds money to cover the costs of a planned two-day furlough

BACK TO WORK: A Hernando teacher with multiple arrests in his past is allowed back in class after a weekend DUI.

BULLYING: The Mitchell High assistant principal who didn't act on a reported threat to a student who was later beaten up is reprimanded. Students in Hernando and Pasco schools deserve better attention when it comes to bullying, the Times editorializes.

RETIREMENT PLANS: A bill that would place all new Florida state employees into a 401(k) begins moving through the state House, the News Service of Florida reports.

JUST DRESS NICE: The Orange School Board won't mandate school uniforms for everyone, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

HAND 'EM OVER: Duval superintendent Nikolai Vitti redirects hundreds of iPads bought for administrators to prekindergarten classes for students to learn math and reading, the Florida Times-Union reports.

STILL LOOKING: The St. Lucie School Board expands its search for a superintendent search firm, the St. Lucie Tribune reports.

INVESTIGATIONS: Bradenton Police look into allegations of misconduct against a Manatee High parent liason and assistant football coach, the Bradenton Herald reports. More from the Herald-Tribune. • The state attorney drops charges against a Palm Beach band director accused of using school money to pay for family trips, the Palm Beach Post reports.

OUTSOURCING: The Volusia school district will consider privatizing its custodial services, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

LABOR NEWS: The Marion teachers union has accused the district of using full-time substitute teachers to avoid paying benefits, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

DON'T DISCRIMINATE: Polk school officials revise their anti-discrimination policies to encompass gender identity issues, the Ledger reports.

[Last modified: Friday, February 8, 2013 6:28am]


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