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Education news and notes from Tampa Bay and Florida

Florida education news: Budget cuts, driver education, student grades and more

RETIRING: Hillsborough School Board member Candy Olson says she won't seek reelection after her fifth term ends.

MORE CUTS: Despite added state funding, Hernando schools prepare to cut another 5 percent of spending to meet an expected shortfall. • Flagler looks at cutting paraprofessional jobs to help balance its budget, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

SAFETY FIRST: Pasco school officials look to restore behind-the-wheel driver education training.

IS SCHOOL OUT YET? Someone sets off a smoke bomb in a Brandon middle school, sending two to the hospital as a precaution.

PRIVATIZATION: The Florida Legislature took a wrong turn in letting more private companies into the state's online education system, the Bradenton Herald editorializes. • The Volusia School Board agrees to outsource its custodial services, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

NEVER MIND: The Broward school district backs away from making 50 the lowest score possible for students amid significant opposition, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

SETTLED (SORT OF): The Clay superintendent and School Board end their court battle without agreeing on who's right, at a cost of nearlt $25,000 to the taxpayers, the Florida Times-Union reports.

WARNING SYSTEM: The Palm Beach School Board considers implementing a system to alert parents when their schools are getting crowded and might need new boundaries, the Palm Beach Post reports.

COMING SOON: The Polk School Board moves up its date to select a new superintendent, the Ledger reports.

UNWANTED ATTENTION: A Polk high school student's story goes viral after she's suspended over a science experiment, the Orlando Sentinel reports. The Polk School Board has made no move to expel the girl, the Ledger reports.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 6:03am]


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