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Florida education news: Biometrics, cell phones, taxes and more

BANNED: A new law banning Florida schools from collecting student fingerprints and other biometrics kills the Pinellas district's time-saving lunch line identification program.

CELL PHONES: The Broward School Board tinkers with a proposal to stop parents from using cell phones while driving on school campuses, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

EQUITY: Community and education leaders seek ways to bring more equity to Osceola schools, Around Osceola reports.

MAKE IT CLEAR: Brevard School Board officials aim to write a tax referendum ballot with language that's easy for voters to understand, Florida Today reports.

STOP HARASSMENT: A Broward middle school student begins a HOPE (Helping Overcome Problems Effectively) club after her uncle's suicide, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

ONE MORE YEAR: The Manatee School Board agrees to extend superintendent Rick Mills' contract by one year, not the two he requested, the Bradenton Herald reports.

DISCIPLINE: A dismissed Okaloosa special education aide asks the School Board to reconsider its policies for handling out-of-control students, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

MOVING ON: The Polk School Board lowers the grade point average required for eighth-graders to move into high school, the Ledger reports.

SALARIES: Broward College adjunct professors demand better pay, the Miami Herald reports. • Orange County teachers overwhelmingly support a new contract with raises, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

MORE CONTROL: Bay principals get more authority over clubs in an effort to put more integrity into fundraising efforts, the Panama City News Herald reports.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 6:07am]


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