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Florida education news: Talent show, Odyssey of the Mind, prepaid college plans and more

HIGHER EDUCATION: Florida lawmakers turned their attention to colleges and universities during the recent session, with middling results.

THEY'VE GOT TALENT: Pasco County special education students enjoy performing at the district's fifth annual Showcase for Exceptional Talent.

TRANSPORTATION FIX: Hillsborough superintendent MaryEllen Elia presents a plan to revamp the district's student busing department. The challenge is to make it happen, the Times editorializes.

EXTRA HOURS: Some Lacoochee Elementary students and teachers volunteer their mornings to get back on track.

TOP OF THE CLASS: Deer Park Elementary team headed to Odyssey of the Mind world finals • Using popcorn, Chocachatti Elementary students learn about science, math and more

UNDER INVESTIGATION: The Florida Department of Education looks into possible attendance reporting violations at a Lee charter school, Fox 4 reports. • The FBI is looking into undisclosed activities in the Leon school district, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

COLLEGE SAVINGS: The costs of Florida's prepaid college plans are expected to drop, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

IN-STATE TUITION: A south Florida student is suing for in-state Florida tuition, saying his same-sex marriage was not taken into consideration, the AP reports.

BIBLE READING: A Broward family fights to end rules that stop their son from reading the Bible during class time, WSVN reports.

LAWSUITS: The Manatee school district faces several lawsuits in the wake of a recently completed criminal case against a former assistant football coach, the Bradenton Herald reports.

GRADUATION HONORS: The Broward school district decides to continue recognizing valedictorians, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

TAXES: Palm Beach voters will decide whether to extend a local school property tax, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

SINGLE-GENDER SCHOOLING: A Duval middle school plans to separate boys and girls for most classes as part of its turnaround effort, the Florida Times-Union reports.

ACADEMIC GOALS: Activists protest in Tallahassee against Florida's race-based achievement targets, State Impact Florida reports.

ARRESTED: A St. Lucie high school teacher is arrested on accusations of inappropriate sexual text messages and pictures with students, the St. Lucie Tribune reports.

HIRING: The University of Florida faculty union complains that the hiring of new professors is going too fast and without collaboration, the Gainesville Sun reports.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 15, 2014 6:10am]


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