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Florida education news: Boundaries, suspensions, construction plans and more



SCHOOL ZONES: The Pasco County School Board formally adopts new attendance boundaries affecting thousands of students for the coming year. • The Palm Beach County School Board prepares to rezone hundreds of elementary students to ease crowding, the Palm Beach Post reports. More from the Sun-Sentinel. • Seminole County parents complain that planned boundary changes would disrupt their children's education, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

FACELIFT: Pinellas Park Middle School is approved for a $26 million remodeling.

TOP EMPLOYEE: Explorer K-8 secretary Pam Cannon is named Hernando County's School-Related Employee of the Year.

CONFIRMATION HEARING: U.S. Education secretary-designate Betsy DeVos pledges not to undo public education if confirmed, the AP reports.

STUDENT DISCIPLINE: The Florida Board of Education wants a reduction in out-of-school suspensions and improvements in the racial disparities in disciplinary actions, Politico Florida reports. 

GROWTH: The Walton County school district breaks ground on a new elementary school in a growing part of the county, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

CONSTRUCTION RULES: The Alachua County School Board revises its concurrency districts governing where new homes may and may not be built, the Gainesville Sun reports.

LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES: The Clay County School Board asks lawmakers to alter the state's third-grade promotion statute, among other changes, the Florida Times-Union reports.

LAST CHANCES: The Florida Board of Education rejects the Jefferson County school district's turnaround plan proposal, and offers it three options to improve its performance, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

LABOR NEWS: Manatee County teachers plan mini-protests over their stalled contract negotiations, the Bradenton Herald reports.

CLASSROOM TECH: Students at a Bay County middle school are the first to benefit from the district's new one-to-one Chromebook program, the Panama City News Herald reports.

READING WOES: Duval County superintendent Nikolai Vitti raises concerns about students' reading performance based on midyear testing results, the Florida Times-Union reports.

SCHOOL DAYS: The Santa Rosa County school district prepares to return to a seven-period day to allow students more course opportunities, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: The Florida Board of Education sides with a charter school that the Polk County School Board had rejected, paving the way for a legal battle over authorizing authority, Redefined reports.

CAREER EDUCATION: The Marion County school district takes steps to improve enrollment at its technical institute and to beef up vocational programs at other schools, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

FINANCES: The Sarasota County school district gets a clean state audit report, the Herald-Tribune reports.

[Last modified: Wednesday, January 18, 2017 6:55am]


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