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Florida education news: Religion, report cards, responsibility and more

VOUCHERS: Lawyers argue in court over the role of Florida's tax credit scholarships, and whether the Florida Education Association has standing to challenge them. More from Associated Press.

RELIGION IN SCHOOL: Hillsborough School Board members want to keep volunteers active while discouraging religious activity in schools.

TURNAROUNDS: The Pinellas School Board hesitates to establish new magnet programs in its six most troubled schools. The board also heard administrators explain why they want to close three struggling charter schools, but did not act. More on the charters from the Pensacola News-Journal

LABOR NEWS: The Hernando Classroom Teachers Association picks Vince LaBorante as its new president. • About 180 Bay County teachers are non-renewed, the Panama City News Herald reports. • The Polk School Board ratifies its latest teacher contract, the Ledger reports. • The Leon School Board approves raises for most employees, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

REPORT CARDS: Broward officials consider allowing students to earn A-plus grades, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

CONSTRUCTION: Manatee and Sarasota district leaders confront new state law on school construction spending, the Herald-Tribune reports.

ONE-ROOM SCHOOL: The Manatee school district considers continued operation of Florida's last remaining one-room school, the Bradenton Herald reports.

TAKE RESPONSIBILITY: Leesburg civic and school leaders urge parents, volunteers and religious leaders to do more to stem violence at Leesburg High, the Daily Commercial reports.

SUPERINTENDENTS: Manatee superintendent Diana Greene is in line to receive a contract extension and raise, the Bradenton Herald reports. More from the Herald-Tribune. • Duval School Board members continue to spar with their superintendent, the Florida Times-Union reports.

BAD ACTS: A St. Lucie high school teacher resigns before being fired over inappropriate relationships with students, TC Palm reports. • Former Palm Beach School Board member Mike Murgio heads to court in October on federal bribery charges, the Palm Beach Post reports.

SCHOOL ZONES: The Duval School Board approves new boundaries for two elementary schools, the Florida Times-Union reports.

FINAL DAYS: Manatee Orange Ridge-Bullock Elementary prepares a celebration in advance of its closure, the Bradenton Herald reports.

LAWSUITS: An Orange County student sues the school district and others over a concussion she suffered during a school lacrosse game, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 11, 2016 7:15am]


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