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Florida education news: Commissioner search, teacher raises, drama courses and more



BEHIND THE SCENES: The Florida Board of Education plans to discuss its commissioner search and other key items, with little information provided publicly ahead of time.

RAISES: Hillsborough teachers would get an average raise of 4 percent under a new contract agreement. • Leon teachers ratify their largest raise in six years, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

ENDANGERED VISITOR? A Palm Beach school goes into lockdown thinking a bobcat was on campus, the AP reports. But it was only a fox, the Palm Beach Post reports.

PROGRAM UNDER FIRE? Parents at an Alachua specialty school question whether their nationally recognized drama curriculum is being dismantled, the Gainesville Sun reports.

MORE CHOICES: A new private school for high school students with disabilities opens in Sarasota, the Bradenton Herald reports.

STANDARDS: A growning number of Florida lawmakers question the Common Core as they prepare for committee weeks in Tallahassee, State Impact Florida reports.

FREE FOOD: Four Manatee schools begin serving free dinner to needy students after school, the Bradenton Herald reports.

ON THE RISE: Okaloosa's stem school, which once faced possible closure, sees enrollment increase, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports. • Volusia schools see an end to their seven-year enrollment decline, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. • Lake schools continue to grow, but impact fees don't keep up, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

GUNS IN SCHOOL: Sarasota Military Academy teaches students the science and history of guns, including time at the firing range, the Herald-Tribune reports.

MORE MONEY: The Florida Board of Education considers a budget request that would increase per-student funding and add more cash for classroom technology, State Impact Florida reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 6:10am]


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