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Florida education news: Third grade, teacher tests, charter schools and more

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THIRD-GRADE PROMOTION: A challenge of Florida's third-grade retention law heads back to court for oral arguments on Tuesday.

TEACHER TESTING: A growing number of Florida teachers do not pass their state certification exams, WFTS reports.

RELIGIOUS EXPRESSION: Two Florida lawmakers file legislation to allow greater religious freedom in public schools, the Orlando Sentinel reports. More from the Ocala Star-Banner.

CHARTER SCHOOL FUNDING: The Pembroke Pines charter school system operates without any city tax revenue, the Fort Myers Beach Observer reports. • The Cape Coral charter school system comes under fire for its financial planning, the Lehigh Acres Citizen reports.

BELOW AVERAGE: Polk County's average school performance logs in below Florida's average, the Ledger reports.

SOCIAL MEDIA: Parents and school leaders have concerns about the spread of social media and its use in making threats, NBC 2 reports.

ARRESTED: A Miami-Dade County teacher is arrested on charges of engaging in sexual acts with a minor student, NBC Miami reports.

PUBLIC IMAGE: The Monroe County school district prepares to hire a communications coordinator despite some division over the value of the position, the Keynoter reports.

COMPUTER CODING: A renewed legislative push to count computer coding as a foreign language in Florida schools gets pushback in south Florida, the Miami Herald reports.

TESTING: Indian River students whose certification exams were invalidated because of teacher tampering may retake the tests, TC Palm reports.

PEN PALS: Students at Immokalee Elementary School keep in touch with kids at Sandy Hook Elementary, no talk of the shooting involved, the Naples Daily News reports.

BEST AND BRIGHTEST: Few of Duval County's school teachers of the year will receive the controversial state bonus, the Florida Times-Union reports.

PARENT INVOLVEMENT: Lee County schools gind ways to help parents overcome language barriers and get more involved in their children's education, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

SCHOOL CLOSING: Families in an Orange County neighborhood worry about plans to close their local elementary school, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

DEMOGRAPHICS: Hispanics are now the largest group of students in Palm Beach County schools, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

HOMELESSNESS: The number of homeless students in St. Johns County schools continues to rise, including those who are unaccompanied by adults, the St. Augustine Record reports.

CAREER READY: Students at a Flagler County middle school learn the latest technology in agriculture, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

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