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Education news and notes from Tampa Bay and Florida

Florida education news: Principals, school zones, courtesy busing and more



SCHOOL LEADERSHIP: Pasco County schools see a flurry of principal changes just before spring break, leading to questions of when is the best time to make such moves.

REZONING: East Pasco County parents argue before a hearing officer that the School Board failed to follow rule making law in setting new school boundaries.

INSIDE LOOK: Some Hernando County kindergartners get a tour of the inner workings at Publix.

WHOSE PRIORITIES? The Florida House and Senate pursue different paths on two key education bills — testing and religious expression, the News Service of Florida reports. • Some education groups criticize the House-preferred testing legislation, the Sunshine State News reports.

MONEY LESSONS: The Florida Senate advances a bill to require students take a financial literacy course before graduating high school, Florida Politics reports.

RIPOFF: A former Brevard County school bookkeeper is charged with embezzling school funds, Florida Today reports.

GUNS ON CAMPUS: A Florida lawmaker proposes to allow certain private religious schools to permit armed security guards or concealed weapons on their grounds, the Miami Herald reports.

FREE LUNCH: The Manatee County school district will provide lunch at three locations throughout spring break, the Bradenton Herald reports.

COURTESY BUSING: The Martin County school district will eliminate busing for students living within 2 miles of school, which the state does not pay for, TC Palm reports.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: The Bay County School Board approves a new charter school contract, the Panama City News Herald reports.

TEACHER PAY: Bills advance to enhance bonuses for top-performing Florida teachers, the Naples Daily News reports.

SAFE ZONE: The Miami-Dade School Board declares its district a safe space for undocumented immigrant students, the Miami Herald reports.

BAD BUSINESS: The Brevard County Sheriff's Office finds no criminal wrongdoing in the school district's multimillion-dollar botched software deal, Florida Today reports.

SPECIAL THANKS: A Palm Beach County teacher publicly recognizes the School Board and superintendent for their work, the Palm Beach Post reports.

HIGHER ED: The Florida House considers cutting funds to the state university system, counter to Senate priorities, Politico Florida reports.

TEACHER SHORTAGE: Nova Southeastern University creates a teacher training program to funnel new teachers into Palm Beach County schools, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

PLAY TIME: Recess is not guaranteed at Florida elementary schools, and some parents want to change that, WLRN reports.

[Last modified: Thursday, March 16, 2017 7:03am]


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