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Florida education news: Turnaround awards, teacher layoffs, the Star Spangled Banner and more

BACK ON TRACK: Thirty-two Pasco County secondary students are recognized as their schools' top turnaround successes. (Times photo, Stephen Coddington)

NONRENEWED: About 1,100 Pinellas teachers on annual contract are let go, though many could get their jobs back.

FRIENDLY COMPETITION: Students from four Pasco middle schools participate in the county's second annual Technology Olympics.

MAKE THEM WORK: Pasco County's career academies must better serve student and community needs, the Times editorializes.

AUDIT PANNED: Some Palm Beach parents criticize an audit that showed the district's former superintendent did nothing wrong in his oversight of his staff, the Palm Beach Post reports. More from the Sun-Sentinel.

BUDGET CUTS: Broward teachers worry about rumors of impending layoffs, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

OFFER MADE: The Collier School Board proposes a contract for its chosen new superintendent, the Naples Daily News reports.

LAST BASH: Walt Disney World in Orlando prepares for its final Grad Nite for Florida's high school seniors, the AP reports.

ANYTHING FOR A POPSICLE: A Fort Walton Beach dad challenges his son's elementary school to teach all the students the National Anthem in exchange for a popsicle party and a donation, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

NO VIOLATIONS: The State Attorney's Office clears the Polk School Board on accusations that members violated the Sunshine Law, the Lakeland Ledger reports.

WRECKING BALL: AFT president Randi Weingarten blasts the latest round of Florida education law changes, the Orlando Sentinel reports.