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Florida education news: Charter schools, cell towers, teacher contracts and more



ATHLETIC TRANSFERS: Hillsborough School Board members say their transfer policy is confusing and call for revisions.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: A group proposes a new charter school to open at MacDill Air Force Base to support military families. • The beleaguered superintendent of the McKeel charter school system resigns, the Ledger reports.

CELL TOWER: The Pasco School Board delays a decision on placing a cell tower at Seven Oaks Elementary School in the face of parent opposition.

MORE MONEY: The Hernando School Board seeks to bolster its general fund balance to at least 5 percent.

LABOR NEWS: The United School Employees of Pasco threatens legal action over perceived violations of teacher contract terms. • The Brevard School Board enacts a new teacher contract despite teacher opposition, Florida Today reports. • Broward teachers win an average 5 percent raise, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

PERSONAL PROBLEMS: Questions surround the departure of former Freedom High principal David Sheppard.

TALKING POINTS: Hernando superintendent Lori Romano listens to parent concerns at her first community town hall meeting.

NEXT STEPS: The Florida Board of Education discusses how to progress with the Common Core and associated testing, the Gainesville Sun reports. More from the Tallahassee Democrat.

CLASS SIZE: Brevard district officials defend their decision to not comply with state class size rules and pay the fine instead, Florida Today reports.

LEADERSHIP ISSUES: Politics flare as the Clay School Board selects its chairman, the Florida Times-Union reports.

HONORED: The principal of Coral Gables Senior High wins a top state award for turning his school around, the Miami Herald reports.

TOO FULL: Bay art teachers find their classes overcrowded and underfunded, the Panama City News Herald reports.

BACK TO COURT: Monroe's former finance director turned whistleblower seeks her job back, the Keynoter reports.

SICK SCHOOL: The Sarasota School Board hires a toxicologist to examine illness reports and find out what's making employees at one elementary school sick, the Herald-Tribune reports.

[Last modified: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 6:15am]


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