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Education news and notes from Tampa Bay and Florida

Florida education news: Back to school, alternate tests, social media monitoring and more



BACK TO SCHOOL: Tampa Bay area students and teachers return to school earlier than usual this summer, as district leaders take advantage of a law change relating to the first day of classes. See the rest of the Tampa Bay Times back to school coverage here.

TESTING: Some central Florida school district officials push for more options than the Florida Standards Assessments, WFTV reports.

STICKY FINGERS: A former member of a Polk high school's athletic booster club is arrested on accusations he took club money for personal use, WTSP reports.

PRYING EYES: Florida school districts increase their use of social media monitoring, News 13 reports.

WORKING FOR PENNIES: High school athletic coaches are paid much less in Florida than in other states, the Herald-Tribune reports.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: Marion County's only charter high school sees enrollment soar, the Ocala Star-Banner reports. * A controversial Orange County charter school is allowed to move ahead after cutting its planned enrollment in half, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

DROPOUT PREVENTION: Two struggling Bay middle schools add teachers to help at-risk students, the Panama City News Herald reports.

TEACHER PAY: Some Miami-Dade school district leaders call for improved teacher pay as the district's budget exceeds $5 billion for the first time, the Miami Herald reports. * Palm Beach teachers are to receive smaller than usual pay raises as School Board members worry about tight revenue, the Palm Beach Post reports.

ACHIEVEMENT GAP: Volusia schools aim to direct more minority students into advanced classes, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

TURNAROUNDS: The Polk school district seeks improvement plans for five low performing schools, to avoid threatened closure, the Ledger reports.

ANOTHER REQUIREMENT: Florida high school students must pass a financial literacy course for graduation, the Palm Beach Post reports.

[Last modified: Thursday, July 28, 2016 6:55am]


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