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Florida education news: Suspensions, toy guns, late buses and more



DISCIPLINE: Pasco school district officials take steps to undo disproportional suspensions of black students.

TIME TO GO: Tarpon Spring High's principal requests a transfer after his handling of a death threat comes under fire.

TESTING: Florida education officials try to set state test cut scores amid a heated political battle over their value, the Orlando Sentinel reports. * Alachua educators say testing has a negative impact on teaching, WUFT reports.

TAKING A STAND: Alachua superintendent Owen Roberts quits the state's Keep Florida Learning Committee over the Department of Education's position on school grading, the Gainesville Sun reports.

SCHOOL SAFETY: The discovery of a toy gun prompts the lockdown of a Broward elementary school, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

LATE AGAIN: Some Palm Beach students say the chronic tardiness of their school buses is hurting their classroom performance, the Palm Beach Post reports.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: Florida lawmakers begin discussions on a new round of charter school law revisions, the Sun-Sentinel reports. More from Redefined.

INCENTIVES: The Duval School Board renews a program that offers top teachers financial incentives to work at low-performing schools, the Florida Times-Union reports.

YOU ARE GETTING MONEY: The Sarasota School Board pays $200,000 to each of three families whose children died after being hypnotized by their principal, the Herald-Tribune reports.

SO MUCH FOR INTERIM: The Lee School Board offers interim superintendent Greg Adkins a three-year permanent contract, the Pine Island Eagle reports. More from the Fort Myers News-Press.

CONSTRUCTION FUNDS: The Brevard County Commission rejects a school impact fee increase, Florida Today reports.

LABOR NEWS: Brevard teachers reach a contract deal that would provide their biggest raise in eight years, Florida Today reports.

ONLINE INFORMATION: The Marion school district hopes to have its delayed new student access system online soon, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

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