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Florida education news: Pensions, eye scans, K-8 schools and more

PENSIONS: Increased state pension costs sting Florida counties much worse than the school districts.

HERE'S LOOKING AT YOU: The Polk school district delays implementation of a student eye-scanning device for buses after some parents protest, the Ledger reports.

SEEKING ACHIEVEMENT GAINS: The Orange school district will open more K-8 schools, State Impact Florida reports.

NEW ATTRACTION: A Palm Beach middle school wins International Baccalaureate certification in the district's effort to lure more students to the school, the Palm Beach Post reports.

BUDGET CUTS: College of Central Florida cuts 28 positions to help balance its budget, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

TOP 10: A Broward student makes it to the final 10 in the National Spelling Bee, the Miami Herald reports.

WHO'S ON BOARD? Daytona State College trustees delay extending their president's contract amid confusion over which of them will remain on the board after this week, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

DIVISIONS: The Lee School Board is split over whether to continue with a national superintendent search a day after appointing a principal to the top job for a trial run, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

START THE CLUB: A federal judge rules that a Lake middle school student should be allowed to begin a Gay-Straight Alliance at her school, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

MATH LESSONS: The head of the University of Florida's math department gives extra instruction to a local high school's math team, the Gainesville Sun reports.

INAPPROPRIATE: A teacher at a Palm Beach private school is investigated amid accusations of having a sexual relationship with a student, the Sun-Sentinel reports. • A Collier teacher is removed from her classroom during an investigation into allegations that she verbally abused students, the Naples Daily News reports. • A former Duval teacher who was fired for behaving inappropriately during her evaluations challenges her dismissal, the Florida Times-Union reports.

[Last modified: Friday, May 31, 2013 6:09am]


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