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Florida education news: Bullying, turnarounds, bonuses and more

ANTI-BULLYING: The Pasco school district prepares to adopt tougher anti-bullying policies as part of an agreement in the wake of a case at Zephyrhills High School.

TURNAROUND CANDIDATES: See the similarities among five struggling Pinellas schools targeted for big changes.

DUMB: A Brandon-area middle school student is arrested for discharging pepper spray in school, sending dozens to the hospital. • Three Polk middle school students are arrested for plotting to bomb their school, the Ledger reports.

FILM FUN: Some Pasco County schools let students loose to learn by making movies.

NEW OPPORTUNITIES: The leader of Hillsborough Head Start resigns.

ANY ACTION? A bill to overhaul high school sports governance dies in the Florida Senate, Forbes reports. • The Orlando Sentinel summarizes key education bills passed in the session.

OVERHAUL CONTINUES: Manatee's new deputy superintendent of instruction takes over with a clear mission, the Bradenton Herald reports.

MERIT PAY: More than 700 Broward teachers at low-performing schools could be eligible to earn $2,000 bonuses, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

BYOD: Collier schools drop their cell phone ban as teachers aim to incorporate more technology into their lessons, the Naples Daily News reports.

SUSPENDED: A 27-year-old Putnam teacher is suspended for an improper relationship with a 15-year-old female student, the Florida Times-Union reports.

CLEARED: The former Miami-Dade schools police chief is cleared of sexual harassment accusations, the Miami Herald reports.

OUTSOURCING: The Volusia school district hopes to save $30 million over five years by privatizing custodial services, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

[Last modified: Saturday, May 4, 2013 7:17am]


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