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Florida education news: School safety, university tuition, parent trigger and more



TIGHTEN UP: The Hillsborough School Board changes course and approves $1.2 million to improve security at the district's least secure schools. • Palm Beach officials continue to weigh their safety options in the face of a $7 million price tag, the Palm Beach Post reports.

SPREAD THE WORD: USF students head to Tallahassee to urge lawmakers to keep tuition down and increase higher education funding.

THE INTERNET IS FOREVER: Two Tampa area parents seek to have school districts ban videotaping of actions at school, after their children are beaten at school and videos of the beatings went viral, adding to the psychological trauma.

NEVER GIVE UP: Denham Oaks Elementary teacher Stacy Godfry-Nussbaum teaches daily, never letting on that she's fighting stage 5 renal failure. On finding out, her students launch a fund raiser to help offset costs.

DOWN TO SIX: The Hernando School Board names six superintendent finalists, including two who are finalists for the Manatee top job as well. Manatee is to pick its next superintendent on Wednesday, the Bradenton Herald reports.

PARENT TRIGGER: A version of the "parent trigger" bill already in the Florida Senate is filed in the House, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Senate Democrats say they don't have the votes to stop the legislation this year, the Buzz reports.

COUNSELORS NEEDED: A poor ratio of students to counselors is negatively impacting Lee students, the Naples Daily News reports. The district also needs more nurses, psychologists and other support staff, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

SLOW DOWN: The Brevard County Commission aims to slow the scheduled closure of three Brevard schools, Florida Today reports.

FEWER CLASSES: Public reaction is negative to the Polk School Board's plan to reduce the number of classes students would take next year, the Ledger reports.

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 6:10am]


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