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Florida education news: School vacation, charter schools, bus routes and more



SEEING IS BELIEVING: Campbell Park Elementary School in St. Petersburg gets donated eyeglasses for students who struggle to see well.

HOLIDAY PLANS: Pasco officials propose conducting classes on Veterans Day in order to have a week off at Thanksgiving in 2014.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: The Hillsborough School Board rejects a charter school proposal for MacDill Air Force Base. The board took the proper path, the Times editorializes. • Miami-Dade looks to craft tougher rules to govern charter schools in the county, the Miami Herald reports.

BUSING: Hernando School Board members explore ways to revive courtesy bus routes.

JOINT EFFORT: The Pasco County government and school district explore a joint school-park development in a planned community.

GOOD STANDING: Florida A&M University has its accreditation restored after academic probation.

THANKS: The family of a girl who died after wandering away from her class thanks the Hillsborough school district for improving student safety measures.

EVALUATIONS: Florida senators discuss the progress of the state's teacher evaluation system, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

CLASS SIZE: Marion schools had the most students out of compliance with state class size rules, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

GUNS ON CAMPUS: An appeals court rules against the University of North Florida's policy prohibiting weapons in vehicles on campus, the Florida Times-Union reports.

OPTIONS: The Manatee school district investigates different ways to offer middle school courses, the Bradenton Herald reports. • The Broward district announces plans to offer several new programs and overhaul struggling schools, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

AUDITS: The Manatee School Board considers how to respond to several audit concerns, the Bradenton Herald reports. • The Polk school district gets its first clean audit report in years, the Ledger reports.

PAY IT BACK: Florida State College at Jacksonville demands its former president repay the school for comp time he claimed but was not eligible for, the Florida Times-Union reports.

TOUGH TRANSITION: Volusia schools experience growing pains with a move to outsourced custodial services, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

LONGER DAYS: Four Lee elementary schools will see their hours extended to meet student needs, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

SUE YOU: The Orange School Board agrees to sue the county over its denial of a selected new school site, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

[Last modified: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 8:44am]


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