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Florida education news: Magnet schools, concussions, teacher retirements and more

TURNAROUNDS: Pinellas district leaders plan to add magnet programs to their most struggling schools, but area residents have their doubts.

FOOTBALL SAFETY: Flagler County schools will be the first in Florida to use technology to monitor head injuries to high school football players, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

BAD ACTS: A Palm Beach high school teacher is arrested for having sex with an underage teenage girl, the Palm Beach Post reports. * A former Brevard high school teacher gets 20 years in prison for having sex with a student, Florida Today reports.

SCHOOL VIOLENCE: Leesburg High in Lake County deals with another round of violence as administrators try to stem what they call a troubling trend, the Daily Commercial reports.

STUDENT DISCIPLINE: Lee County schools increasingly deal with student misbehavior through restorative justice rather than simple punishment, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

TAXES: Palm Beach School Board members threaten to walk away from a countywide sales tax initiative, the Palm Beach Post reports.

TEACHER DISCIPLINE: A Duval teacher is suspended 30 days after telling his special education students to behave like slaves as part of a lesson, WLTV reports.

SPECIAL NEEDS: Southeastern University in Lakeland will launch a new school for middle and high school students with physical and mental disabilities, the Ledger reports.

RIPPED OFF: An Osceola high school band booster is arrested for stealing funds from the group, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

TEACHERS NEEDED: Sarasota schools will have the most job openings in the past nine years as retirements rise, the Herald-Tribune reports.

NEVER MIND: The Broward schools interim police chief decides to step down, then changes his mind, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

BYOD: St. Johns students will be allowed to bring their own technology to school for classes beginning next fall, the St. Augustine Record reports.

ACHIEVEMENT GAP: Alachua civic leaders discuss ways to improve education for black students, the Gainesville Sun reports.

NIMBY: South Miami residents complain about the possible impacts to their community a proposed charter school might bring, the Miami Herald reports.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 5, 2016 6:49am]


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