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Education news and notes from Tampa Bay and Florida

Florida education news: Recess, religion, start times and more



PLAY TIME: A bill to require daily recess in Florida elementary schools wins unanimous approval in its first state House committee. • Pinellas superintendent Mike Grego announces his district will comply regardless of whether the bill becomes law.

RELIGION: Hillsborough superintendent Jeff Eakins is taking a closer look at the participation of religious groups in district schools. • Tampa Cambridge Christian School seeks an apology from the FHSAA for denying the school the right to broadcast prayer before its state football championship game.

OUTBREAK: A Pinellas elementary school experiences a flareup of chicken pox among students.

FOUR MORE YEARS: Hernando superintendent Lori Romano signs a contract extension with a raise.

SPECIAL NEEDS: Florida lawmakers aim to streamline education for hospitalized and homebound students.

BUS SAFETY: Florida lawmakers propose tougher penalties for drivers who illegally pass school buses, WINK reports.

DRESS CODE: Volusia School Board members amend their proposal on mandatory student uniforms, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

JOB WANTED: A former Manatee district official seeks permission to apply for district jobs after previously agreeing not to return, the Bradenton Herald reports.

SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT: Lake School Board members question the viability of several schools' improvement plans, the Daily Commercial reports.

PROJECTS: The Collier school district seeks private funding to support student entrepreneurial projects, the Naples Daily News reports.

FUNDING: The Florida Senate rolls out its education budget proposal, Politico Florida reports.

TEACHER DISCIPLINE: A Marion teacher is suspended for completing a state test for one of her disabled students, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

BOUNDARIES: Hundreds of Orange County students will attend different schools next year as the School Board redraws attendance zones, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • Broward's superintendent recommends against two controversial rezoning proposals, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

BELL TIMES: Leon high school students soon could have the choice of whether to start classes at 7:30 a.m. or an hour later, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

[Last modified: Wednesday, January 27, 2016 6:54am]


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