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WHAT HAPPENED? Pinellas school leaders have worked for years to shape a new student assignment plan. How did it fly off the track on the day the School Board was supposed to approve it? Check this Q&A.

Bsecti_taxfli_2326229 TARGETING TEACHERS: The Florida Education Association has launched an ad campaign urging teachers to vote against the Jan. 29 constitutional amendment that would change the property tax structure. The campaign will grow next week as the teachers union joins other organizations for a wider blitz. Florida Tax Watch also is urging rejection of the amendment, the Palm Beach Post reports.

CLASH OF VIEWS: The University of Florida students planned to show a film on radical Islam to generate debate. The protests, the administration response and the backlash put the university itself in the middle of a debate over free speech.

SECOND TIME A CHARM: The Pasco School Board wanted to keep Imagine Schools out of the district so much last year it fought to uphold its denial all the way to the State Board of Education. This year, the board is ready to approve a charter contract for Imagine. The Virginia-based company meanwhile is fighting to open a school in Sarasota, the Charlotte Sun-Herald reports.

A LITTLE VAGUE, BUT ...
Hernando School Board members consider naming a school for Eleanor Roosevelt and Ben Franklin, but settle on Explorer K-8. Columnist Jeff Webb pokes some fun at the naming process.

NOT WORTH IT? Florida senators question the value of offering grants to state residents attending private universities, the AP reports.

GIVE SCHOOLS MORE: The state must stop putting unfunded mandates on school districts, and also must better fund education, Miami-Dade School Board member Marta Perez writes in the Miami Herald.

ONE OF SIX: Florida Virtual Schools is listed in a national guide touting six innovative online education ideas, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

STOP THE MADNESS: A Duval principal says she'll better train her teachers on how to de-escalate violence on campus. Some teachers suggest the principal should focus on kids instead, the Florida Times-Union reports.

WHO PAYS IN LAKE? Lake school officials say their county commission's decision to limit a school impact fee hike will simply shift the burden of paying for growth from new development to all taxpayers, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

COLLIER TEACHERS HOPEFUL: Collier teachers get charged as their School Board keeps talking about better raises. But administrators caution that money is tight, the Naples Daily News reports.

TENSIONS RISING IN BREVARD: Brevard board member Amy Kneessy storms out of a workshop after her colleagues talk about her recent conduct, Florida Today reports.

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