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Florida education news: Teacher pay, testing, school choice and more

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April

EXTRA PAY: The Pasco and Pinellas school districts take different approaches in trying to attract and keep top teachers at their lowest performing schools.

BEHAVE: Florida State University launches a new course for freshman athletes after the highly publicized incidents involving Jameis Winston.

TESTING: Florida's online testing system has experienced few problems in its first round, the Sunshine State News reports.

EARLY EDUCATION: Florida prekindergarten providers are frustrated with flat state funding, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

POLITICS: Brevard parents support civics education but worry that partisanship can slip in, Florida Today reports.

SCHOOL CHOICE: St. Johns district leaders have concerns about the impact of open enrollment on local schools and students, the Florida Times-Union reports. • Manatee County's only elementary IB program sees a drop in applications, the Bradenton Herald reports.

CONSTRUCTION FUNDS: Florida issues school construction bonds for the first time in six years, GateHouse Media reports.

NEW SCHOOLS: The Florida Department of Education denies a Leon County request to build a new high school, WFSU reports. More from the Tallahassee Democrat.

LAWSUITS: The Manatee School Board will spend a third session behind closed doors discussing cases, the Bradenton Herald reports.

FLAG BAN: Indian River School Board members struggle with First Amendment requirements as they look into banning Confederate flags on district properties, TCPalm reports.

HOMELESSNESS: Bay homeless students face numerous hurdles in getting to school every day, the Panama City News Herald reports.

TAXES: Dueling polls show tenuous support for a proposed Palm Beach sales tax for schools and cultural activities, the Palm Beach Post reports.

DRESS CODE: An Orange County middle schooler no longer faces suspension for her dyed blue hair, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: A Polk charter school says the Polk school district won't release records for student applicants, the Ledger reports.

BEER BREAK: A Lee school band director is fired after being found drinking on the job, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

SCHOOL ZONES: Manatee district officials look for equitable ways to redraw attendance boundaries after the district closes one elementary school, the Herald-Tribune reports.

[Last modified: Monday, April 4, 2016 7:02am]

    

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