Tuesday, July 17, 2018
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Florida education news: School choice, improvement plans, rezonings and more

SCHOOL CHOICE: The time for Tampa Bay area families to begin exploring schooling options for 2018-19 has arrived, as choice application windows open in the coming weeks and months. The options continue to grow, with expansion of charter schools, magnets, scholarship programs and more. Find more information about School Search opportunities here.

TURNAROUND PLANS: Seven Hillsborough County schools need to submit contingency improvement plans in case their test scores do not rise.

COLLEGE COSTS: Florida State University waives application fees for students who cannot afford them.

PUBLIC SHELTERS: Florida lawmakers discuss the use of charter schools as emergency hurricane shelters, as the state is poised to pay for more charters to rise.

CLASSROOM SUPPORT: Dozens of Manatee County teachers win grants from the local education foundation to help pay for things their school budgets couldn't cover, the Bradenton Herald reports.

REZONING: Some Palm Beach County parents protest proposed changes to their middle school attendance boundaries, the Sun-Sentinel reports. 

LABOR NEWS: St. Johns County teachers reach a tentative contract agreement with the district, the St. Augustine Record reports.

BAD ACTS: A Palm Beach County school's former treasurer pleads guilty to falsifying records in a case related to missing school money, the Palm Beach Post reports. • A third Duval County high school student is arrested on allegations of assault against a school administrator during a pep rally, the Florida Times-Union reports. • A Lake County high school student is arrested for having a BB gun on campus, the Daily Commercial reports.

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