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Florida education news: Term limits, teacher pay, tax credit scholarships and more

A roundup of education news from across the state.
Florida school board members could face term limits under a proposal before the Constitution Revision Commission. [Times | 2017]
Florida school board members could face term limits under a proposal before the Constitution Revision Commission. [Times | 2017]
Published Oct. 31, 2017

TERM LIMITS: Florida school board members currently serve until they retire or voters oust them. A member of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission has proposed setting term limits for school boards, putting them in line with the governor, state lawmakers and State Board of Education members.

UNDER FIRE: Hillsborough School Board member Susan Valdes faces an investigation into allegations she pressured the district to shutter its planning and construction department to stave off a review of work done by her friends and campaign donors.

NEW FACES: The entire board of Canterbury School of Florida in St. Petersburg resigns shortly after non-renewing the school's longtime leader.

LABOR NEWS: The Okeechobee County teachers union declares impasse in its contract negotiations with the district, the Okeechobee News reports. • The Polk County School Board delays a decision on teacher raises after a lengthy hearing, the Ledger reports. • Miami-Dade County teachers negotiate a new pay deal with raises, the Miami Herald reports.

TAX CREDIT SCHOLARSHIPS: Texas leaders look to Florida's program while debating how to proceed with school voucher plans, the Dallas Morning News reports.

COLLEGE LIFE: The Florida Senate revives a proposal to overhaul the state college system, the News Service of Florida reports.

SUPERINTENDENTS: The Duval County School Board schedules four community meetings to receive input on its selection of a new superintendent, the Florida Times-Union reports.

AFTER THE STORM: The Lee County school district has spent more than $19 million on repairs after Hurricane Irma, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

FUNDING: The Lake County School Board asks lawmakers to change the state district cost differential of the state's school funding formula, the Daily Commercial reports.

TURNAROUNDS: A Seminole County elementary school makes plans to improve student performance using a state Schools of Hope grant, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

TODAY IN TALLAHASSEE: Florida Constitution Revision Commission Education Committee, 1 p.m.