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Florida education news: School districts, classroom supplies, physics and more



GOVERNANCE: Florida lawmakers look into the possibility of allowing for smaller school districts.

CLASSROOM SUPPLIES: Tampa area schools try to find the right way to word requests for donations.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: Escambia charter schools see successes and struggles, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

SCHOOL CHOICE: Florida lawmakers look to expand students' education options, including easier transfers for student athletes, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

DEEP IN SPACE: Brevard students benefit from their proximity to the Kennedy Space Center, Florida Today reports.

PHYSICS LESSONS: Less than 25 percent of Florida high school students take physics classes, WUSF reports.

SCHOOL ZONES: Clay district leaders will revamp a plan to change boundaries for 16 schools after parent complaints about the first version, the Florida Times-Union reports. • Polk County examines redrawing zones for six schools, the Ledger reports.

TEST PREP: Marion students get ready to take the Florida Standards Assessments, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

DISCRIMINATION: A Lake elementary teacher is under investigation after her "lesson in racism" is poorly received, WESH reports.

CONSTRUCTION: Parents don't like Orange school district plans to alleviate crowding at one elementary school by building another next door, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • Manatee officials worry that a legislative proposal to require 60 percent approval of local sales tax referenda could jeopardize their construction funding plans, the Bradenton Herald reports.

JOB HUNT: A retired Manatee educator who agreed never to work for the district again wants a new job in the system, the Herald-Tribune reports.

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES: Students at a Broward high school balk at a new policy that requires them to get an escort to the restroom, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

SCHOOL SAFETY: Leon schools go on alert after threats of violence appear on social media, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

WHO'S IN CHARGE? Clay School Board members get upset upon learning their superintendent hired a lobbyist without their knowledge, the Florida Times-Union reports.

BUSING: An agreement providing student bus rides across the Marion-Levy county line falls victim to budget cuts, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.

[Last modified: Monday, January 25, 2016 6:56am]


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