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Florida education news: Bug spray, fourth grade, private schools and more



ZIKA: Gov. Rick Scott announces new initiatives for raising Zika awareness among Florida's school children. * Palm Beach schools refuse mosquito repellent from the state and say they won't change their rules on over-the-counter remedies, the Palm Beach Post reports.

GETTING READY: Some Pasco kindergartners spend a week at school familiarizing themselves with the campus and daily routine before classes begin.

THIRD GRADE: A retained Sarasota third grader is promoted to fourth grade a day after his family files suit, the Herald-Tribune reports.

SCHOOL CHOICE: Escambia private schools see enrollment increase with the assistance of corporate tax credit scholarships, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

LOTTERY FUNDS: Florida lottery money doesn't get spent in schools exactly as residents might expect, the Naples Herald reports.

GETTING THERE: A new report lists Florida among the deadliest states for children walking to school, WFLX reports.

BUILDING PLANS: Marion School Board members debate the value of building a civic center vs. improving a high school football stadium, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Breakthrough Miami helps students in underserved communities while also inspiring college students to become teachers, the Miami Herald reports.

THE ARTS: Two Lee middle school teachers foster students' love of music and theater, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

LAWSUITS: An Orange County family plans to sue the school district over their son's concussion suffered at school, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

IT'S A VIRTUE: Polk district leaders ask parents for patience as the school year begins, the Ledger reports.

TROUBLE: The tiny Jefferson school district struggles financially as it loses student enrollment, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

[Last modified: Friday, August 12, 2016 6:56am]


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