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Education news and notes from Tampa Bay and Florida

Florida education news: School choice, student voices, performing arts and more



IN THE HOUSE: Several education bills, many related to choice and charter schools, pass the Florida House. Parents keep pushing for a recess mandate that's not progressing in the Senate, the Orlando Sentinel reports. More from the News Service of Florida.

STUDENT VOICES: Hillsborough students ask pointed questions of their School Board members during an annual forum.

PERFORMING ARTS: Pasco's River Ridge High performing arts center aims to expand its presence.

TESTING: Some Lee County parents raise concerns that spring student testing begins immediately after spring break, Fox 4 reports. • Florida business leaders modify their language on testing cut scores to avoid criticizing Gov. Rick Scott, Politico Florida reports.

SCHOOL BOOKS: A Brevard School Board member proposes a new way for the district to receive and consider book challenges, Florida Today reports.

SAFETY: An Indian River elementary school evacuates because of a bomb threat, later deemed false, TCPalm reports. • A Volusia school also received a bomb threat, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

TENSIONS: A Duval School Board member apologizes about her critical texts regarding superintendent Nikolai Vitti, but keeps criticizing him, the Florida Times-Union reports.

WHAT'S IN A NAME: The namesake of a prestigious Palm Beach arts school wants to see the name changed to add "sciences," the Palm Beach Post reports.

HIRING: The Marion school district aims to increase employment by 1.5 percent, the Ocala Star-Banner reports. • The Escambia school district is looking for new teachers, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

SCHOOL GRADES: The Walton school district prepares appeals for two of its school grades, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

[Last modified: Friday, February 19, 2016 6:56am]


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