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Education news and notes from Tampa Bay and Florida

Florida education news: Charter schools, testing, high school sports and more



CHARTER SCHOOLS: Charter Schools USA seeks to open four new schools in Hillsborough County. * The Palm Beach School Board rejects three charter applications, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

TESTING: Preliminary state test results show Pasco schools performing largely along socioeconomic lines. * Two Panhandle superintendents challenge the state's use of test scores, the Pensacola News-Journal reports. * Alachua's superintendent urges parents to voice their concerns over testing, the Gainesville Sun reports.

IN THE HUNT: Former Hernando County commissioner Rose Rocco announces her candidacy for Hernando School Board. * A candidate for Escambia superintendent is arrested on identity theft charges, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

STUDENT ATHLETES: The FHSAA asks state lawmakers to make it easier to crack down on high school sports recruiting violations.

IN THE FIELD: Hernando High agriculture students use drones to study their crops.

MORE THAN MEALS: The cafeteria manager at Pasco Zephyrhills High supports students in need.

NO PETS ALLOWED: The Okaloosa school district bans all animals from its campuses, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

JEB BUSH: Florida's battle over testing and accountability could affect Jeb Bush's presidential campaign, the AP reports.

SUPERINTENDENTS: Lee residents like their new superintendent, but not the way the School Board handled the hiring process, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

LET US PRAY: The Okaloosa School Board considers whether to continue praying before meetings, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

BUSING: Some Palm Beach middle schools will change their start times in an effort to ease continued late bus arrivals, the Palm Beach Post reports.

PLAY TIME: Polk parents ask for recess to return to their elementary schools, the Ledger reports.

HYPNOSIS: More details emerge about the former Sarasota principal who hypnotized students, the Herald-Tribune reports.

MENTORS: Leon County deputies will volunteer to help second and third graders in some south Tallahassee neighborhoods, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

[Last modified: Thursday, October 8, 2015 6:58am]


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