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Education news and notes from Tampa Bay and Florida

Florida education news: Education commissioner, budgets, background checks and more



TENSE TIMES: The Florida Board of Education agrees to keep Pam Stewart as its permanent commissioner, but spars over other issues including testing and accountability.

BUDGETING: The Pasco School Board approves its 2013-14 budget with a slight tax rate increase. • The Hernando School Board balances its budget without major cuts for the first time in years.

MILESTONE: The Hillsborough school district surpasses 200,000 students.

BACKGROUND CHECKS: The Hernando School Board prepares to relax its standards when checking volunteers' backgrounds.

CONFEDERATE IDENTITY: Forrest High School in Jacksonville isn't the only Florida school to carry the name of a Confederate leader, although most aren't as controversial, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

NEW TEACHERS: Some Manatee schools continue to move students into different classrooms to meet class size requirements, the Bradenton Herald reports. • The district is hiring teachers shortly after having cut nearly 200 positions, the Herald-Tribune reports.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: The Florida Board of Education rejects a Broward charter school's request to remain open after its second straight F grade, the Sun-Sentinel reports. • The Sarasota School Board criticizes the applications of groups seeking to open new charters in the district, the Herald-Tribune reports. • Duval superintendent Nikolai Vitti says he wants to find ways to have children return from charter schools to the traditional campuses, the Florida Times-Union reports.

LABOR NEWS: South Florida teachers have yet to negotiate their state-funded pay raises, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

STICK AROUND: Broward superintendent Robert Runcie sees his contract extended through 2019, the Sun-Sentinel reports.


NETWORKING: The Flagler School Board approves wider use of social media in classrooms for educational uses, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 6:08am]


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