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Florida education news: Testing, technology, teacher pay and more



TESTING: Three high-ranking Florida lawmakers introduce legislation to shrink the Florida Standards Assessment testing administration window.

TEACHER TECH: All Hernando County teachers get computer upgrades.

RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION: Key Florida lawmakers suggest some big financial figures to create more monetary incentives for teachers, the Miami Herald reports.

PERSONALIZED LEARNING: Lake County school district officials consider eliminating a personalized learning program because of spotty results, the Daily Commercial reports.

TURNAROUNDS: Principals from some of Florida's low performing schools tell state lawmakers about their improvement efforts, WFSU reports. • The Jefferson County school district could become Florida's first charter district, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

CONTROVERSIAL METHODS: The Marion County school district aims to reduce its use of restraint and seclusion of students with disabilities who become physically violent, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

SCHOOL SECURITY: The Bay County school district moves toward putting its own police officers in elementary schools, the Panama City News Herald reports. • The Miami-Dade County school district considers having its police officers wear body cameras, the Miami Herald reports. • Florida lawmakers propose ending gun-free zones in schools and other locations, the Miami Herald reports.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: Polk County parents fight to keep middle school grades in a district exceptional student education center, the Ledger reports.

VOUCHER FRAUD: More details emerge about an Orange County private school for students with autism that has been accused of misusing Medicaid and McKay scholarship funds, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

REZONING: The Citrus County School Board approves new attendance zones to ease crowding at four schools, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.

BUDGETING: Bay County superintendent Bill Husfelt sets spending priorities for the coming year, the Panama City News Herald reports.

STEM LESSONS: Students from Braden River High in Manatee County prepare for national robotics competition, the Bradenton Herald reports. • A robotics team from Immokalee High heads to state championships, the Naples Daily News reports.

[Last modified: Thursday, February 16, 2017 6:57am]


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