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Florida education news: Investigations, bonuses, recess and more



UNDER INVESTIGATION: Hillsborough County School Board member Susan Valdes faces a state ethics investigation over allegations she received free child care for her grandchild.

SCHOOL CHOICE: The application period for Pinellas County school choice opens in January. See the Times School Choice section for more details.

BACK TO SCHOOL: More than 150 Hillsborough teachers who had served in district roles are sent back to the classroom in a restructuring effort.

BEST AND BRIGHTEST: Florida lawmakers anticipate more debate and possible change to the state's controversial teacher bonus program, the News Service of Florida reports.

TEACHER DISCIPLINE: A Miami-Dade teacher is reassigned while district officials look into an online video he made that included inappropriate comments, ABC Local 10 reports.

FINANCES: The Monroe school district gets a clean audit after four years of efforts to improve its financial stability, the Keynoter reports.

MISLEADING: The Clay County School Board asks for an investigation into former administrators accused of mislabeling students as disabled to alter school graduation rates, Clay Today reports.

CLASSROOM SUPPLIES: Treasure Coast teachers turn to crowdfunding sources to get materials and equipment they otherwise couldn't afford, TC Palm reports.

DESTROYED: A Miami-Dade elementary school is vandalized, the Miami Herald reports.

SHE BELIEVES IN YOU: A woman who suffers uncontrollable seizures becomes a teacher for students with special needs in Miami-Dade schools, the Miami Herald reports. 

HEALTHY SCHOOLS: The Brevard school district opens the first of three planned health clinics for district employees, Florida Today reports.

PLAY TIME: The Volusia School Board considers requiring an hour of recess per week for elementary schools, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

LOCAL CONTROL: The Florida Board of Education faces some pushback over its stance that persistently low performing schools must replace their principals, Politico Florida reports.

SPECIAL NEEDS: The Leon County school district explores new approaches to teaching students with dyslexia, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

[Last modified: Thursday, December 29, 2016 6:58am]


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