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Education news and notes from Tampa Bay and Florida

Florida education news: Elections, prayers, unions and more



ELECTION NEWS: Incumbents win new terms in Pinellas and Pasco, stay on track for reelection in Hillsborough but lose big in Hernando.

KEY ISSUE: Education should be among the top priorities for Florida's next governor, the Times editorializes.

CHURCH AND STATE: The Orange School Board says high school football teams may no longer have outside pastors as chaplains, Fox News columnist Todd Starnes writes.

MORE KIDS: The Manatee school district sees 2 percent enrollment growth and might have to do more hiring, the Bradenton Herald reports.

LABOR NEWS: The Brevard School Board approves a new teacher contract, then raises concerns about the teacher ratification given unrest in the local union, Florida Today reports.

LET THEM VOTE: A circuit judge says the Clay School Board can proceed with its November vote on whether to keep electing the schools superintendent, the Florida Times-Union reports.

NEVER MIND: The Marion School Board backs off its proposal to fully restore art and music classes to elementary schools, the Ocala Star-Banner reports. • The Bay School Board moves to overturn its policy that eliminated valedictorian and salutatorian honors, the Panama City News Herald reports.

TAXES: Volusia voters approve a local sales tax to support school capital projects (but oust all incumbents seeking reelection), the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. • Orange County voters approve a local school sales tax extension, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

FOR THEIR KIDS: Two Pensacola moms start fundraising to help them afford a private school that specializes in instructing their children with autism, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 6:31am]


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