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Florida education news: Wrestling, spelling, fighting and more

FIRED: A Hillsborough teacher who also ran for School Board is nonrewed.

MADE IT: Cancer-ridden Dixie Hollins High senior Lyndsey Straub accomplishes her goal of graduating. • Weather forces some graduation ceremonies indoors. • Florida Virtual School holds its first in-person commencement, the Seminole Chronicle reports.

IN THIS CORNER: Colson Elementary physical education teacher Hector Guerrero has a life of stories from professional wrestling.

SPELLING BEE: Brandon Academy eighth grader Nikitha Chandran finishes 11th in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

GUNS ON CAMPUS: Five Martin County students are arrested for stealing guns and selling them at their private Christian school, the AP reports.

BRAWLING MOMS: Two moms are banned from their children's Osceola elementary school after a fistfight at their kids' school talent show, the UPI reports.

REHIRING: Manatee's superintendent is already making plans to bring back teachers who are being laid off, the Bradenton Herald reports. • About 500 people protest the planned layoff of 261 Marion school employees, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

DOING WELL: The Palm Beach School Board gives superintendent Wayne Gent a positive evaluation, along with some pointed critiques, the Palm Beach Post reports.

LABOR NEWS: Monroe teachers and district representatives discuss furloughs during negotiations, the Keynoter reports. • Lake County teachers reject a contract proposal that includes no raises, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

DEVIOUS TIMING? Flagler's elections supervisor questions the school district's decision to hold a tax referendum on a Friday, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

SCHOOL CLOSING: An historic Orange County school serving a traditionally black community shuts for good because of shrinking enrollment, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

CHARTER CONVERSION: Parents at Manatee's Rowlett Elementary magnet school are prepared to steer the school to charter status, the Herald-Tribune reports.

TUITION: FAMU and FSU trustees might pursue tuition increases despite Gov. Rick Scott's protestations, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

[Last modified: Thursday, June 6, 2013 10:13am]


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