Florida education news: Recounts, substitute teachers, school zones and more
TOO CLOSE TO CALL: A race for Hillsborough County School Board heads to a recount.
ELECTION AFTERMATH: USF president Judy Genshaft calls for civility amid election-related threats on campus.
TEACHERS NEEDED: Thousands of south Florida students go without permanent classroom teachers as it becomes harder to recruit and retain them, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
OPEN ENROLLMENT: Florida's new law allowing students to attend any public school with open seats is likely to have limited effect because of crowding, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
SUPERINTENDENTS: Marion County's incoming new superintendent has been preparing for the job since her August election, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
RACISM: A Duval school investigates who posted "colored" and "whites only" signs over hallway water fountains, the Florida Times-Union reports.
LABOR NEWS: Palm Beach teachers ratify their proposed new contract including 3 percent raises, the Palm Beach Post reports. • The Polk teachers union is seeking retroactive salary and benefits for provisional substitute teachers, the Ledger reports.
SCHOOL ZONES: A proposal to draw new attendance boundaries for Boca Raton elementary schools heads to a community forum, the Palm Beach Post reports.
BAD ACTS: A former Seminole teacher who admitted to having sex on campus with a custodial worker is temporarily barred from teaching in Florida, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
SAFETY: The state Department of Children and Families is investigating a Sarasota preschool accused of leaving a 4-year-old on the van during a two-hour field trip, the Herald-Tribune reports.
CONSTRUCTION FUNDS: Volusia homebuilders and the school district cut a deal to increase school impact fees by $500, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. • Palm Beach district officials plan a quick start to capital projects funded by a newly approved sales tax, the Sun-Sentinel reports.