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Florida education news: Charter schools, testing, fishing and more



90 DAYS: A Pinellas charter school group gets 90 days to fix its financial and other problems, or be shut down.

TESTING: Local end-of-course tests won't count as much for Polk County students' grades, the Ledger reports.

GONE FISHING: The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is backing the expansion of high school fishing programs, the Crestview Bulletin reports.

FINAL DAYS: Florida's last one-room school house, Duette Elementary in Manatee County, prepares for its last day of instruction with hope the school will remain part of the community, the Herald-Tribune reports.

CENTRALIZING: The Brevard school district will close its regional superintendent offices, Florida Today reports.

SAFETY CONCERNS: Manatee Elementary School will get new signage warning drivers about speeding where students walk to school, the Bradenton Herald reports. * A Miami-Dade high school student is slashed in a fight in a school restroom, the Miami Herald reports. * Orange County schools tighten access to campuses after learning of lax security practices, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

CONFEDERATE FLAGS: The NAACP calls on the Indian River school district to ban Confederate flags on district property, TC Palm reports.

NEW SCHOOLS: The Lee school district hasn't ended its interest in a site for a Bonita Springs high school, even after canceling a deal to buy it, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

GENDER ISSUES: A family sues the Duval school district over its policy allowing transgender students to use the restroom of the gender they identify with, the Florida Times-Union reports.

NEW PERSPECTIVE: Being out of school and homeless for 13 weeks gives an Escambia teen a new view of the importance of education, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

SUPERINTENDENTS: Collaboration will be a key trait for Sarasota's next superintendent, the Herald-Tribune reports.

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