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Florida education news: Gender issues, drug testing, library books and more

BAD ACTS: A plant operator at a Pinellas elementary school is arrested after police say he forcibly hugged and kissed a student.

NEVER MIND: A former Hernando transportation director drops his appeal of his firing.

GENDER ISSUES: A Sarasota transgender student sets the agenda for area school districts as they deal with restroom use issues, Sarasota Magazine reports. * Leon High students vote a gay couple as their prom king and queen, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

KEY STATISTICS: Lake school officials aim to improve the district's graduation rate, the Daily Commercial reports. * Indian River's superintendent wants the district to have better results in student testing and discipline, TC Palm reports.

DRUG TESTING: The Monroe School Board considers resuming random drug testing of student-athletes, the Keynoter reports.

FINAL DAYS: The Orange school district offers a pay incentive for about 100 retiring teachers to stay in their classes through the end of the school year, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

ON THE SHELVES: Broward schools begin eliminating nonfiction titles from their libraries as they focus on digital information, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 3, 2016 12:34am]


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