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Sixth grade teacher Elizabeth Lindenberg, Pinellas Park Middle School, teaches a group of students preparing for fifth grade at Woodlawn Elementary School, St. Petersburg, Tuesday, June 21, 2016 during a session of the Summer Bridge Program. The students were studying nonverbal communication skills. The program was started three years ago by Pinellas County Schools Superintendent Dr. Mike Grego to prevent student learning loss, especially in low income areas.

SCOTT KEELER | Times

Sixth grade teacher Elizabeth Lindenberg, Pinellas Park Middle School, teaches a group of students preparing for fifth grade at Woodlawn Elementary School, St. Petersburg, Tuesday, June 21, 2016 during a session of the Summer Bridge Program. The students were studying nonverbal communication skills. The program was started three years ago by Pinellas County Schools Superintendent Dr. Mike Grego to prevent student learning loss, especially in low income areas.

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CAMP: Pinellas County students enrolled in Summer Bridge, a district-sponsored summer program to curb learning loss over the summer, are also going on field trips to a local bird sanctuary. Officials say its a way to offer unique summer learning opportunities to students who have fewer means, WUSF reports.

LIMBO: Palm Beach County School Board members are expected to vote Wednesday to shut down Odyssey Middle School next year, officially pulling the plug on the half-empty school just 16 years after opening it and possibly lease it to a charter school. The school’s enrollment has fallen by half in little more than a decade. If approved Wednesday, it would be the county’s first closing of a traditional public school in more than a quarter-century, the Palm Beach Post reports.

CLOSED: The Florida Board of Education Monday declined a North Florida charter school’s bid to remain open another school year. Adam Miller, the state’s school choice director, presented data showing Orange Park Performing Arts Academy in Clay County generally performed “significantly lower” than similar schools. Its lowest-performing students did especially poorly, redefineED reports.

PAY ME: Several teachers at Manatee Charter School say they are missing hundreds of dollars from their paychecks. Charter Schools USA, the charter management organization that runs operations at Manatee Charter, discovered a payroll glitch that resulted in several teachers having incorrect summer paychecks, the Bradenton Herald reports.

JAIL: A former Miami Beach assistant principal will spend nearly the next five years of his life in prison on child pornography charges. Donald Paul Clippinger, 49, pleaded guilty to three counts of accessing child porn through video conferencing software. Investigators caught Clippinger — username 666perv — using the software three times in two weeks in November 2015. He'll have to register as a sex offender when he gets out, the Miami Herald reports.

FOOD: The Escambia County School District has announced 17 new schools that will participate in the Community Eligibility Provision, which provides free breakfast and lunch for students. A total of 47 schools will participate in the program for the 2017-2018 school year, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

TAX-FREE: Expensive computers are back on the list of tax-free items Floridians can buy during the annual back-to-school sales tax holiday held in August. From August 4-6, it is estimated Floridians will save $33.4 million in taxes during the three-day shopping extravaganza as families get kids ready for the return to school, the Sun Sentinel reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 7:05am]

    

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