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Florida education news: Dropout prevention, community schools, testing opt-out and more



DROPOUT PREVENTION: Pinellas County high school leaders implement programs to help students make a more successful transition into freshman year.

COMMUNITY SCHOOLS: Hillsborough County officials look to make Mort Elementary School a model community school that offers health and social services along with education.

TOP PRIORITY: Seven Hillsborough schools serving low-income neighborhoods will get added attention to bolster their performance.

TEACHER DISCIPLINE: Florida rates near the middle nationally when it comes to teacher background checks and related matters, the Pensacola News-Journal reports. More from the Fort Myers News-Press, with sidebar. • A Seminole teacher loses her Florida certification for showing students a wooden carving of genitalia, using obscene language and other indiscretions, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

TESTING: Leon County parents push for a local opt-out movement, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

SUPERINTENDENTS: Polk County superintendent Kathryn LeRoy resigns under pressure, Fox News 13 reports. • Relations between Duval School Board members and their superintendent deteriorate, the Florida Times-Union reports.

SAFETY: Florida schools aim to provide security measures to allow education to take place smoothly, ABC 7 reports.

LEADERSHIP: Volusia School Board members split over the panel's participation in the Florida School Boards Association, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

TAXES: Revenue from the Bay school district's local sales tax rises 7 percent, the Panama City News Herald reports.

NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOLS: Broward district officials will crack down on families who lie about their addresses to change their schools, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

[Last modified: Monday, February 15, 2016 6:47am]


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