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Florida education news: Pot cookies, drone lessons, pay requests and more



ELECTION AFTERMATH: The Hillsborough School Board discusses creating a "racial equity" policy to come to terms with the social and cultural implications of the recent presidential election. • Oviedo High students respond to racist graffiti with inspirational notes, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

SURPRISE DEPARTURE: St. Petersburg College president Bill Law announces his retirement after seven years on the job.

ARRESTED: A Pasco County high school assistant principal is arrested for possession of a controlled substance after going to the hospital for eating too many marijuana-laced cookies. • An Escambia school bus driver is arrested and fired after allegedly striking a student with a hammer, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

SOCIAL SERVICES: An Alachua County community middle school will provide social, education and health services to students and their families, the Gainesville Sun reports.

TESTING: Collier teen Welles Harris is one of 34 nationally to earn a perfect score on the AP macroeconomics exam, the Naples Daily News reports. 

INNOVATION: The Miami-Dade school district is one of 30 districts recognized by the White House for its innovative efforts, the Miami Herald reports.

UNUSUAL SWEARING IN: A newly elected Lee County School Board member takes the oath of office at her church, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

SUPERINTENDENTS: Palm Beach superintendent Robert Avossa asks for a $10,000 raise after earning a strong evaluation, the Palm Beach Post reports. • The Leon school district launches an investigation into outgoing superintendent Jackie Pons, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

LABOR NEWS: The Polk School Board denies a request for retroactive pay to provisional substitute teachers, the Ledger reports.

SKY HIGH: Some Broward high school students get training to fly commercial drones, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

TRAFFIC SAFETY: St. Johns parents raise concerns over delays putting up traffic controls at a major intersection near their high school, the St. Augustine Record reports.

[Last modified: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 7:18am]


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