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Florida education news: Research class, property taxes, recess moms and more



NEW APPROACH: Pasco County sixth graders learn research skills as their district drops a mandatory reading course.

FUNDING: Hernando School Board members discuss seeking a local property tax increase to support school technology.

LANGUAGES: Florida lawmakers press ahead with a proposal to count computer coding as a foreign language, Reuters reports.

RECESS MOMS: Orange County mom Angela Browning spearheads a grassroots effort to require elementary school recess, Education Week reports.

ASSISTANCE: Students at a Bay middle school help run a campus food pantry for needy schoolmates, the Panama City News Herald reports.

EVALUATIONS: Some observers question the results of Duval's teacher evaluations showing no "unsatisfactory" teachers, the Florida Times-Union reports.

TESTING: Think-tankers debate whether a proposal to give students and schools testing options is part of the larger educational choice movement, Politico Florida reports.

NEVER MIND: A Volusia School Board member retracts a statement calling teachers "hateful," the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

PUBLIC COMMENT: The Orange School Board decides to let people speak at meetings about items not on the agenda, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

LEADERSHIP: A Polk assistant superintendent continues to criticize his superintendent's ethics, the Ledger reports. More on their simmering dispute from the Ledger.

ATTENDANCE: Broward officials ask parents to be sure their kids come to school next week for state counts, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

[Last modified: Friday, February 5, 2016 7:26am]


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