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Florida education news: Pledge of allegiance, achievement gap, security and more



PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Florida lawmakers consider changing the rules about letting students know their rights regarding participating in the daily recitation.

ACHIEVEMENT GAP: A Pinellas community group seeks to revive a lawsuit claiming the school district does not provide equal education for black children.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: Florida Education Association president Joanne McCall says teachers are frustrated with their treatment in Tallahassee, WLRN reports.

EVALUATIONS: The vast majority of Florida teachers again earn top ratings, the Orlando Sentinel reports. More from the Sun-Sentinel.

CLASS SIZE: Lake County schools exceed state class size caps by five students, the Daily Commercial reports.

SECURITY: Nearly 40 percent of students stay home after threats of violence circulate about a Marion high school, the Ocala Star-Banner reports. • A Volusia high school student is arrested on allegations of threatening to shoot schoolmates, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. • A Leon high school student is arrested for bringing a gun to school, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

DRESS CODE DOUBTS: Volusia School Board members waver on whether to keep jeans in their student uniform policy, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

LABOR NEWS: The Seminole district declares impasse in contract negotiations, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

NEW SCHOOLS: Construction on a new Orange district K-8 campus is delayed because of soil issues, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

SUPERINTENDENTS: An investigation clears Polk superintendent Kathryn LeRoy of alleged wrongdoing but recommends she improve her professional relationships, the Ledger reports.

ADAPTING: Alachua parents who had opposed the closure of their neighborhood school have grown accepting of the plan, the Gainesville Sun reports.

COMMUNITY SCHOOLS: Leon's community school project has seen its shared mission fracture, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, February 2, 2016 6:43am]


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