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Florida education news: Pinellas changes direction, Hillsborough shakes it up, Broward offers a big new benefit and more



NEW FOCUS: Pinellas County school officials unveil a strategic plan that puts more emphasis on helping minority students.

FRESH START: In a milestone moment for his still-new administration, Hillsborough County school superintendent Jeff Eakins announces a major shake-up of the district's top leadership.

BABY BOOM: The Broward County school system finds a new way to attract teachers – low-priced, dstrict-drun child care, the Sun Sentinel reports.

THE KID: A senior at Jensen Beach High School files as a write-in candidate for a seat on the Martin County Commission. Chase Lurgio, 18, says he wants to help educate students about voting, get some campaign experience and have some fun, TCPalm reports.

SECRETS: Four summer camp sessions in cyber security are sold out as Pensacola area elementary and middle school students learn about passwords and keeping personal information to themselves, the Pensacola News Journal reports.

TOGETHER: The Space Coast Early Intervention Center in Melbourne starts a kindergarten class that will expand on its model of inclusion, bringing students of all abilities together, Florida Today reports.

MORE AUTHORITY: The Manatee County School Board favors a student progression plan that gives principals some leeway in deciding which high school students can take college-level courses, the Bradenton Herald reports.

BUY NOW: The Lee County School Board moves forward with a big land purchase for a high school in Bonita Springs, despite last-minute concerns over asbestos, the News-Press reports.

PR PUSH: The Orange County school system expands its news media relations department, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

TEAR IT DOWN: The Manatee County School Board approves a contract to demolish the blighted former site of Manatee Technical College, and people are happy, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 29, 2016 3:04am]


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