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Florida education news: Student discipline, school prayer, teacher pay and more



DISCIPLINE: Hillsborough teachers say the district's new student discipline policies to ease disproportionate punishment of black students aren't working.

SCHOOL PRAYER: A Hillsborough elementary school principal is told to stop leading faculty prayer circles.

LABOR NEWS: Nearly half of FEA member dues pay for union staff, reports. * Volusia school employees and the board ratify new contracts, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

SCHOOL CHOICE: About 11,000 Polk students are eligible for transfers to higher performing district schools, the Ledger reports. * Miami-Dade students have longer than ever to apply for magnet and other choice programs, the Miami Herald reports.

SUPERINTENDENTS: The St. Johns School Board moves faster than expected toward picking its next superintendent, the St. Augustine Record reports.

RAIN DELAY: Washington County schools postpone their first day of classes because of flooding concerns, WTVY reports. Dixie County schools close, too, the Gainesville Sun reports.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: A group proposes a new charter school in a growing area of Lake County, the Daily Commercial reports.

CONSTRUCTION: Renovations continue at an Indian River elementary school even as students arrive, TC Palm reports.

FREE LUNCH: The Alachua school district extends its free meals program to more schools, the Gainesville Sun reports.

GUILTY PLEA: A former Brevard elementary principal faces prison after pleading guilty to receiving child pornography, Florida Today reports.

TURNAROUNDS: The Duval School Board rejects a plan to overhaul a struggling middle school, the Florida Times-Union reports.

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 10, 2016 6:49am]


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