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Florida education news: Tuition, school buses, guns on campus and more



COLLEGE COSTS: Gov. Rick Scott introduces a campaign to keep Florida university degrees affordable.

COURTESY BUSING: Hillsborough County commissioners stress they had nothing to do with canceling courtesy bus rides for thousands of students living 2 miles or less from school, and call for an impact fee review.

GUNS ON CAMPUS: St. Petersburg police are investigating photos of students posing with a handgun at Lakewood High School.

ATTENDANCE ZONES: Residents of a Pasco County subdivision explore suing the school district if they are reassigned to different schools.

READING CONTROVERSY: A Sarasota County substitute teacher is banned after a reading assignment she made to an andvanced English class is challenged as inappropriate, the Herald-Tribune reports. 

ALL FULL: University of Florida students complain they can't gain access to many upper-level English courses, the Independent Alligator reports.

TEACHER EVALUATIONS: The Florida Department of Education criticizes the Manatee County school district for not evaluating many of its classroom teachers, an allegation the district denies, the Bradenton Herald reports.

GROWTH: Manatee County school district leaders say they need about $180 million to build or expand schools over the coming five years, the Bradenton Herald reports.

AUDIT AFTERMATH: Bay County School Board members stand by district financial policies after a school if found to have faulty bookkeeping, the Panama City News Herald reports.

INCENTIVE PAY: Duval County school district leaders examine whether paying teachers extra to work in low-performing schools is worth the money, the Florida Times-Union reports.

LABOR NEWS: The Lee County School Board approves $9.73 million for teacher raises, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

NEW SCHOOLS: The Monroe County school district breaks ground on a new K-8 campus for Plantation Key nearly a decade after it was planned, the Keynoter reports.

SETTLED: The Palm Beach County school district agrees to pay $350,000 to a former assistant principal who said she was demoted shortly after becoming pregnant, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

ARTS EDUCATION: Leon County's new superintendent stresses the importance of arts education in school for students, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

[Last modified: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 7:00am]


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