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Florida education news: Principals, school names, guns on campus and more



HIGHLY EFFECTIVE: Pasco's Cox Elementary School principal Yvonne Reins is recognized for her students' high achievement despite the odds. Five principals from Miami-Dade also win the award, the Miami Herald reports.

NEW NAME: The Duval School Board supports the name Westside High to replace that of a KKK grand wizard, the Florida Times-Union reports.

GUNS ON CAMPUS: The University of Florida follows USF's lead in dropping its ban of weapons in vehicles on campus, the Gainesville Sun reports.

LET IT BE: Florida lawmakers should not change the criteria for Bright Futures scholarship volunteer service, the Orlando Sentinel editorializes.

MENTAL HEALTH: Two Florida lawmakers seek to provide mental health first-aid training for public school teachers, the Florida Current reports.

VISION FIRST: Florida Atlantic University needs a leader as president, not a politician, the Palm Beach Post editorializes.

YOU'RE HIRED: The Marion school district will hire many of its permanent substitute teachers as full-time employees, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

SICK SCHOOLS: A Polk school closes some portable classrooms to remove mold, the Ledger reports. • Parents at a Sarasota school where kids are getting sick have concerns their school is unsafe, the Herald-Tribune reports.

NO CHANGES: The Flagler School Board won't buy out ailing superintendent Janet Valentine's contract before her official retirement date, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

IN RESPONSE: Manatee district leaders prepare actions to deal with another round of critical audit findings, the Herald-Tribune reports.

WILD CARD: Florida A&M University trustees won't say whether interim president Larry Robinson will be considered for the permanent post even though he didn't apply, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

[Last modified: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 5:59am]


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