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Florida education news: Test questions, Everglades, obesity and more

TESTING: The Utah Board of Education approves a $5.4 million deal allowing Florida to lease Utah's state testing materials for a year, the Deseret News reports.

THE RIVER OF GRASS: Some educators want Florida schools to spend time teaching children about the Everglades, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

STAY HEALTHY: Flagler schools aim to curb student obesity through health education, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

SCHOOL CLOSINGS: The Brevard School Board prepares to adopt rules to guide how it closes schools in the future, Florida Today reports.

STUDENT DISCIPLINE: Duval school and law enforcement officials are at odds over how to punish students accused of battery, the Florida Times-Union reports.

PRAYER: A 5-year-old Seminole girl identifies the cafeteria worker she says told her not to pray at school during lunch, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

FEES: The Marion School Board and Ocala City Commission might seek mediation to resolve a longstanding dispute over stormwater and fire fees, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

MOST IMPORTANT MEAL: Polk schools expand their free breakfast program, the Ledger reports.

TURNAROUNDS: Miami-Dade officials plan to convert a struggling, under-enrolled school into a magnet, the Miami Herald reports.

NEW SCHOOLS: The Orange School Board and County Commission strike a deal over a long-disputed new school site, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

OUSTED: A Charlotte teacher who took bribes from students to increase their grades is barred from teaching in Florida, the Herald-Tribune reports.

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