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Education news and notes from Tampa Bay and Florida

Florida education news: School grades, student busing, virtual classes and more

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August

ALL TALK: Participants at Florida's education summit discuss standards and accountability but don't expect to reach any conclusions at the end of their sessions. More from Associated Press, State Impact Florida, Herald-Tribune

NEEDS IMPROVEMENT: Pasco superintendent Kurt Browning seeks a greater sense of urgency from the district transportation department to fix things that aren't going right.

BUS BUYING: The Hillsborough School Board struggles to reach agreement on how to select new buses for its fleet.

ESCHOOL: Hernando's online courses see a surge in enrollment. • Florida Virtual School sees student interest dry up, Education Week reports. (subscription required)

BYOD: Charlotte schools begin allowing students to bring electronics, ABC 7 reports.

SCHOOL GRADING: Two candidates for Maine governor say they would abandon A-F school grading if elected, pointing to problems in Florida and elsewhere, Maine Today reports. • Polk officials prepare plans to turn around their district's D and F schools, the Ledger reports.

SENSITIVITY NEEDED: A Brevard parent chastises the School Board for its discussions on a world history text, saying they're rude to Muslim families, Florida Today reports.

SECURITY: The Bay School Board approves a plan to have resource officers at all middle schools, the Panama City News-Herald reports. • Two Seminole employees are ousted amid a continuing investigation into the mishandling of a student who brought a revolver to school last spring, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • Leon schools see an increase in reported incidents of campus violence, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

COMMUNICATIONS: The Lee district creates a parent liaison in the superintendent's office to handle parent concerns and complaints, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

LABOR NEWS: Orange contract negotiators fail to reach agreement on teacher raises, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

HELPING HAND: The Alachua education foundation starts a website to let people "crowd source" funding to school needs, the Gainesville Sun reports.

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 6:21am]

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