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Education news and notes from Tampa Bay and Florida

Florida education news: Partnership schools, teacher discipline, computer coding and more



SMALL SCHOOLS: The Pinellas County school district considers reopening a shuttered Clearwater elementary as a partnership school for government employees' children.

TEACHER DISCIPLINE: A Pasco teacher takes leave when threatened with suspension for inappropriate comments to students. • A Gadsden County teacher faces child abuse charges, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

IN THE HOUSE: The Florida House hotly debates education issues including charter schools rules and funding, the News Service of Florida reports. More from the Sun-Sentinel. • Lawmakers don't expect a proposal to change Florida's per-student funding formula to pass, the Daily Commercial reports. • A bill would change the rules for school rules regarding the daily Pledge of Allegiance, the Palm Beach Post reports. • Several education bills are ready for a House floor vote, Politico Florida reports.

LABOR NEWS: The United Teachers of Dade elects its first Hispanic president, the Miami Herald reports. • The Volusia teachers union challenges the cost of a new district technology consultant, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

COMPUTER CODING: An expert says it's not a foreign language, despite Florida lawmakers' efforts, Vox reports.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: A Duval charter school faces scrutiny amid complaints that it promotes religion, the Florida Times-Union reports.

LEADERSHIP: Polk School Board members speculate on the future of an assistant superintendent who brought down the recently resigned superintendent, the Ledger reports.

FRESH FOOD: The Alachua school district will expand its Farm to School cafeteria program, the Gainesville Sun reports.

SUSPENSIONS: The local NAACP wants to review Flagler student discipline amid concerns that suspensions of black students are increasing, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

RESTRUCTURING: Palm Beach superintendent Robert Avossa wants to cut administrative jobs to put more money into schools, the Palm Beach Post reports.

[Last modified: Thursday, February 18, 2016 7:11am]


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