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Florida education news: Third graders, DeVos, guns in schools and more



THIRD GRADE PROMOTION: A three judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal hears arguments on a case challenging Florida's third-grade retention laws. More from the News Service of Florida.

ON DEVOS: Florida education activists and leaders react to the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as U.S. Education secretary. More from WUFT.

SCHOOL SAFETY: A Polk County student is taken into custody after falsely claiming an armed person was on campus, WTSP reports. • Duval County school officials will take steps to respond to firearms incidents at schools, the Florida Times-Union reports. •  A Leon County high school student is arrested at school with a sawed off shotgun in his car, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

BENEFITS: Florida lawmakers seek to add charter school workers to the list of state employees who can receive a payment to adopt children deemed difficult to place, the Ledger reports.

TOP HONOR: Melissa Rose Garcia of Palm Beach County schools is Florida's School Counselor of the Year, the Palm Beach Post reports.

DUAL ENROLLMENT: The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee welcomes its first ever dually enrolled student from Sarasota schools, the Bradenton Herald reports.

HEALTHY SCHOOLS: The Lee County school district will create an outdoor exercise area for public use, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

SCHOOL CHOICE: The Orange County School Board extends its deadline for out-of-county open enrollment applications, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

INFIGHTING: A Sarasota County School Board meeting to celebrate students turns into a battle over whether to approve past meeting minutes, the Herald-Tribune reports.

SCHOOL MOVES: Some Leon County parents of children with disabilities worry a planned relocation of their school might not happen, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 8, 2017 6:55am]


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