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Florida education news: Emergency plans, cafeteria menus, budget cuts and more

READY? Tampa area schools have plans in place to deal with emergencies like the tornado that hit Moore, Okla.

PTA THEFT: The treasurer of the Weightman Middle School PTA is arrested on charges that she stole more than $5,000 from the organization.

CUSTOMER SERVICE: Hillsborough's food services department asks students to taste test possible new options for school cafeteria menus.

CHARTER DEBATE: Manatee district officials don't throw their full support behind a parent-led effort to convert a magnet school to charter status, the Bradenton Herald reports. • A Miami-Dade village will reconsider its rejection of a charter school application, the Miami Herald reports.

BUDGET CUTS: Citrus leaders explore budget cutting options including elimination of middle school sports, the Citrus County Chronicle reports. • Manatee's superintendent tries to make sure parents get enough information about his budget balancing efforts, the Bradenton Herald reports.

SCHOOL CLOSINGS: Brevard School Board officials defend their criteria for closing schools to city officials who suggest they should have more say in the process, Florida Today reports.

UNLIKELY ALLIANCE: Jacksonville area churches support the public schools with volunteers and other services, the Florida Times-Union reports.

SAFETY ISSUES: A Palm Beach high school bans backpacks and large purses in the wake of a bomb threat, the Palm Beach Post reports. • Orange schools will conduct random metal detector scans of students to prevent "senseless and unsafe behavior," the Orlando Sentinel reports.

NEW LEADER: The Polk School Board picks a new superintendent, the Ledger reports. • Two Lee School Board members call for more time to look for a new superintendent than the two weeks set forth, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

ACCELERATION: Miami-Dade announces plans to expand its use of the advanced Cambridge education program, the Miami Herald reports.

CLEARED: An investigation shows that a Manatee principal did not know of an alleged sexual assault between students and then fail to report it, the Herald-Tribune reports.

STUDENT SPENDING: Florida ranked 42nd in per-student funding in 2011, State Impact Florida reports.

EXAM EXEMPTIONS: State Board of Education member Sally Bradshaw takes issue with her child's school over its final exam policy, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 23, 2013 6:13am]


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