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Florida education news: Salaries, pensions, special education and more

Published May 2, 2013

IN THE CAPITOL: The Florida Senate rejects the parent trigger bill for a second consecutive year. - The Senate also dumps a House proposal to end state pensions for teachers and other state employees. - House and Senate leaders look into changing budget proviso language so teacher raises can come earlier than 2014, the Miami Herald reports. More from the AP.

SPECIAL SERVICES: The Pasco school district prepares to implement a new model to educate students with emotional and behavioral disabilities.

MORE INTERVENTION: Eleven additional Pinellas schools could face turnaround measures if they don't show marked improvement in academic performance.

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AMERICAN DREAM: Sophea Danh, once a Cambodian refugee, earns her associates degree from Pasco-Hernando Community College the same week she becomes an American citizen.

SALARY REVIEW: State College of Florida will conduct a compensation survey to see if its employees are being paid fairly, the Bradenton Herald reports.

CONNECTIONS: Central Michigan University sends education majors to Immokalee schools to hone their teaching skills, also providing a steady stream of educators to the impoverished area, the Naples Daily News reports.

STRESSED OUT: A Brevard elementary school principal retires after an investigation reveals a hostile work environment at her school, Florida Today reports.

SEARCHING: Polk narrows its field of superintendent candidates to three finalists, the Ledger reports.

GO TO COLLEGE: Osceola education and community leaders gather to discuss how to overcome the county's low college attendance rate, the Orlando Sentinel reports.