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Florida education news: Longer school day, bus drivers, homecoming and more



EXTRA HOUR: Tampa area elementary schools on Florida's Lowest 300 list for reading use their added daily hour differently, but agree that it helps.

BUS DRIVERS: Hernando school district officials review their policies on bus driver safety after one driver racks up several accidents and violations yet keeps her job.

FUND RAISERS: Several Tampa private schools are raising money for major construction plans.

BAD ACTS: A former Clearwater Central Catholic High student sues the school over accusations of being physically, emotionally and sexually abused. * Law enforcement investigates accusations that a Nassau school paraprofessional abused two children in a special needs classroom, WOKV reports.

SCHOOL GRADES: Florida schools that received an "Incomplete" from the state finally get their grades, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

PLAY TIME: An advisory committee recommends a resolution supporting mandatory recess in Duval elementary schools, the Florida Times-Union reports. * A Lee elementary school celebrates recess on its new playground, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

HOMECOMING: An Orange County high school allows a boy to run for homecoming queen after initially denying him, WFTV reports.

BELL TIMES: The Orange school district will conduct a survey to gauge opinion on starting high school later, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

DIVERSITY: The Jackson school district explores ways to attract more minority teachers, WJHG reports.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: The Clay School Board approves one new charter school and rejects another in front of an animated audience, Clay Today reports. * The head of a Palm Beach charter school will repay $46,000 he steered to himself from the school, the Palm Beach Post reports.

REZONING: The Palm Beach school district proposes new attendance boundaries to ease crowding at some schools, the Palm Beach Post reports.

PROPERTY: Flagler's superintendent recommends the School Board hold on to its extra properties, just in case, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

LABOR NEWS: The Gulf school district faces an unfair labor practices complaint over its handling of Florida's Best and Brightest teacher bonus, the Port St. Joe Star reports.

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