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Florida education news: Gaming, reading, laptops and more

Jeffrey S. Solochek, Times Staff Writer

Friday, October 3, 2014 6:12am

LIFE'S A GAME: Hernando Weeki Wachee High students seek certification and career in the school's new video game design and simulation program.

BETTER READERS: Pine View Elementary second graders learn to focus on independent reading without interruptions.

MONEY MATTERS: Florida Education Association leaders earn six-figure salaries while suing to end vouchers for poor children, Watchdog.org reports.

SECURITY: Problems continue to emerge about the security firm hired then fired by the Manatee school district, the Bradenton Herald reports. • Seminole and Lake school officials ponder how to deal with bomb threats without disrupting classes, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST? A Manatee School Board member recuses herself from voting on a contract for a campaign donor, the Bradenton Herald reports.

GOING DIGITAL: Eleven Miami-Dade elementary schools distribute free laptops to needy children for their schoolwork, the Miami Herald reports.

DROPPING DEGREES: Florida Gulf Coast University considers eliminating dozens of dormant degree programs, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

AMERICAN FLAGS: The Orange County school district will stop buying Chinese-made U.S. flags, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

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