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Florida education news: Teacher transfers, student rights, testing and more



TEACHER TRANSFERS: The Pasco County school district drops its proposed ban on midyear job transfers for teachers after a union challenge.

GROWTH: The Brevard County School Board approves a plan to build new schools and reopen a shuttered campus to deal with rising enrollment, Florida Today reports.

SCHOOL SAFETY: An Okaloosa County high school receives two threats of violence in a week, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

SPEAKING OUT: Palm Beach County district officials pressure students and parents to not speak about school issues at a public School Board meeting, the Palm Beach Post reports.

BOARD POLITICS: The Manatee County School Board decides not to pursue single-member districts, the Bradenton Herald reports.

BONUS PAY: Almost 200 Treasure Coast teachers receive Best and Brightest bonuses, as others push to eliminate the controversial program, TC Palm reports.

TESTING: A Manatee County School Board member gains no traction in seeking a moratorium on district-mandated tests, the Bradenton Herald reports.

SUPERINTENDENTS: The Polk County School Board prepares to extend Jacqueline Byrd's contract as superintendent, the Ledger reports.

EMPLOYEE DISCIPLINE: Two Manatee County school district employees responsible for a breach of worker personal data are reprimanded, the Bradenton Herald reports.

FINANCES: An audit uncovers problems with the internal funds of Polk County's technical college, the Ledger reports.

PLAY TIME: Legislation to require daily elementary school recess faces less resistance in the Florida Legislature this year with the removal of a line that would have barred taking away recess as discipline, the Miami Herald reports.

TRACKING STUDENTS: The Duval County school district will use new computerized student identification cards to link into student data more easily, the Florida Times-Union reports.

SCHOOL GRADING: State officials end an investigation into whether Clay County school district officials intentionally mislabled students as disabled to avoid counting their test scores in school grades, the Florida Times-Union reports.

OUTSOURCING: The Volusia County School Board approves a $200,000 increase in its custodial service payment, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

REBRANDING: An Orange County middle school named after Confederate general Robert E. Lee will now be called College Park Middle, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 7:10am]


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