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Florida education news: High school graduations, charter schools, bus driver training and more



VALS AND SALS: The Hernando School Board considers, and then drops, the idea of changing how the district chooses its top graduates.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: A state lawmakers seeks to make clear that charter schools may not forcibly remove students because of low test scores. • The Pasco School Board gives initial approval to a new charter school for students with special needs. • The Broward School Board approves 19 new charters, the Sun-Sentinel reports. • Collier officials move to shut down an Immokalee charter school they say is mismanaged, the Naples Daily News reports.

DRIVER TRAINING: Hillsborough school bus drivers get extra instruction on the proper care and treatment of kindergarten students.

STUDENT RIGHTS: A Hernando teacher is suspended after forcing a Jehovah's Witness student to say the Pledge of Allegiance against his faith.

THE FLORIDA WAY: West Virginia leaders look to Florida for education reform ideas, West Virginia Metro News reports.

THEY'RE IN: Florida Polytechnic University gets its first paying students, the Ledger reports.

DISCIPLINE: The Broward school district and law enforcement reach an historic deal to reduce the numbers of students arrested in school, the Sun-Sentinel reports. More from the Miami Herald.

NAME CHANGE: A Duval School Board member formally asks her colleagues to consider renaming a school named after a KKK grand wizard, the Florida Times-Union reports.

LABOR NEWS: Bay teachers reach a tentative new contract agreement, the Panama City News Herald reports. • Alachua teachers get their first raises in five years next week, the Gainesville Sun reports.

CANCELED: The Volusia School Board cancels its meeting over safety concerns as residents gather to protest a history textbook, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

CHOICE: The Lee school district changes its school choice policy to make it easier for parents, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

TRY AGAIN: The Orange County Commission rejects the school district's selected site for a new high school, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

ANOTHER VOTE: The Sarasota School Board reconsiders a key vote amid accusations it did not act in accordance with state sunshine laws, the Herald-Tribune reports.

GRADUATION RULES: Florida House members seek to clarify new rules governing high school graduation, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

[Last modified: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 6:12am]


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