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Education news and notes from Tampa Bay and Florida

Florida education news: Discipline, state takeover, security and more



STUDENT DISCIPLINE: Hillsborough schools make strides in reducing suspensions and more evenly meting out punishment among races. • The Manatee school district changes its practices on reporting student expulsions, the Bradenton Herald reports.

STATE CONTROL? A Leon County commissioner calls for a state takeover of low performing inner city schools in Tallahassee, WCTV reports.

SUPERINTENDENTS: The St. Johns School Board makes plans to choose a new superintendent in 2017, the St. Augustine Record reports. • The Polk School Board approves a contract for its new interim superintendent, the Ledger reports. Rumors swirl over the district's assistant superintendent, the Ledger reports.

TESTING: A bill to allow Florida students to take alternatives to state tests is faltering in the Legislature, the Sunshine State News reports.

SECURITY: Two Lake County high school students are charged with having a gun on campus, the Daily Commercial reports. • The Broward schools police chief resigns amid an overhaul of the department, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

SEGREGATION: The NAACP continues to raise questions about whether Indian River schools have desegregated, TCPalm reports.

DISCRIMINATION: The Brevard School Board kills a proposal to provide equal employment protections for LGBT individuals, Florida Today reports.

MODERNIZATION: Five Flagler students help redesign their school media center to accommodate technology and collaboration, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

LANGUAGES: A bill to make computer coding count as a foreign language requirement moves ahead in the Florida Legislature, in a watered down version, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

LABOR NEWS: Polk teachers don't want their contract concerns to be lost as the district's administration turns over, the Ledger reports.

INVESTIGATION: A review of a Polk software development contract reveals problems, the Ledger reports.

FUNDING: Leon officials seek state renewal of a grant for a project that brings students firsthand information about Russian peasants, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 6:49am]


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