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Florida education news: Turnaround students, geography, home schooling and more

COMEBACK KIDS: Pasco County students find success after overcoming the struggles of family loss, drug use, homelessness and more.

NEXT GENERATION: Pasco's River Ridge High School launches a teaching academy for students interested in the profession.

TOP STUDENTS: Meet Pinellas County's public school valedictorians and salutatorians. • A Williams Middle Magnet School sixth grader wins the national geography bee.

HOME SCHOOLING: The country's largest home-schooling convention will come to Florida, WFTV reports.

THIRD GRADE RETENTION: A Seminole mom says she wants to sue the school district for retaining her third grader who opted out of state testing, WESH reports. More from WKMG, WTSP, Herald-Tribune.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: Duval district officials have no plans to close down charter schools run by the indicted Newpoint Education Partners, the Florida Times-Union reports.

GENDER ISSUES: Gov. Rick Scott gets pressure to join a multi-state lawsuit challenging the Obama administration's position on transgender students and school restrooms, the Palm Beach Post reports.

BAD ACTS: A Highlands teacher is arrested on charges of sexual misconduct with a student, Highlands Today reports.

RETIREMENTS: Eleven Volusia school principals retire at the end of the year, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

TESTING: The College Board is investigating possible problems with Advanced Placement testing at an Orange County high school, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

CONSTRUCTION: New St. Johns schools face delays over bidding, the St. Augustine Record reports.

LEADERSHIP: Parents criticize the selection of a priest who wrote sexually explicit novels as their Leon Catholic school's new principal, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

SICK SCHOOL: Sixty kids call in sick to a Palm Beach elementary school, the Palm Beach Post reports.

[Last modified: Friday, May 27, 2016 6:56am]


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