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Florida education news: Dropoff lines, student suspensions, school zones and more



SAFETY FIRST: Rather than comply with drop-off line rules, a Pasco dad hits a 79-year-old school volunteer with his car.

STUDENT DISCIPLINE: Pinellas district leaders seek new disciplinary strategies to reduce out-of-school suspensions for elementary students.

SCHOOL ZONES: Central Pasco parents help district officials create boundaries for a new school.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: The Polk School Board rejects a proposal for a new charter school, the Ledger reports.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: A Leon middle school football coach faces possible dismissal over the way he protests the National Anthem, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. * Palm Beach district leaders make clear that students should face no punishment if they decide to take a knee, the Palm Beach Post reports.

DEPLORABLE? Two Putnam high school students create a firestorm by attending school in costume as Donald Trump and the wall, First Coast News reports. * A Clay high school student is told to remove the Confederate flag from his truck or face consequences, Fox 13 reports.

SUPERINTENDENTS: Four finalists emerge to become the next Sarasota schools superintendent, reports. More from the Herald-Tribune.

CAMPAIGN TRAIL: A Sumter School Board member raises questions about an investigation into superintendent Rick Shirley's reelection tactics, the Villages News reports.

BACK AND FORTH: Duval School Board members and the superintendent spar over the district's slow progress in reducing its achievement gap, WJCT reports. More from the Florida Times-Union.

CONSTRUCTION FUNDS: The Lake School Board rejects a proposal to take on new debt for construction projects, the Daily Commercial reports.

VOLUNTEERS: The Bay school district tightens its rules about volunteer background checks, the Panama City News Herald reports.

LABOR NEWS: Bay teachers will get raises as part of a new tentative contract agreement, the Panama City News Herald reports. * The Polk school district offers no raises in negotiations, the Ledger reports.

DISPUTE: The Children's Trust fights with the Miami-Dade school district over the district's right to audit programs funded by the trust, the Miami Herald reports.

FUNDRAISERS: The Flagler School Board criticizes a school's decision to hold a car sale on its campus, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

BUDGETS: St. Johns finance officials visit schools to give teachers more information about the district budget, the St. Augustine Record reports.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 7:08am]


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