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Florida education news: Constitution revision, charter schools, CPR and more

A roundup of education stories from around the state.

CONSTITUTION REVISION: Efforts to create a statewide authorizer of Florida charter schools have foundered on constitutional grounds that give school boards full control over free public schools in their districts. A new proposal before the Constitution Revision Commission would amend that section to allow for an alternate sponsor. It's one of several recommendations that the commission will consider taking to voters in 2018, along with possible changes to public education funding and governance. There remains the possibility for more as the commission proceeds: Education Committee chair Marva Johnson has filed a placeholder catch-all "modernize the language" amendment for any other changes the group might want to add. Watch the Education Committee today at 8:30 a.m. on The Florida Channel. (Agenda)

CHARTER SCHOOLS: A group of local educators with a checkered past have proposed opening a new charter high school focused on Advanced Placement in Hernando County.

BAD ACTS: A Pasco County school transportation manager is arrested on federal charges related to child pornography.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS: Brevard County students will be required to learn CPR in order to complete high school, Florida Today reports.

SCHOOL CHOICE: Palm Beach schools add nine new academic options for students to select, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

CONSTRUCTION: The Manatee County school district prepares to break ground on a new high school, the Bradenton Herald reports. • The Lee County school district begins expansion of one of its high schools, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

SOCIAL MEDIA THREATS: A Sarasota County high school student is arrested after posting threats about bringing a gun to school, the Herald-Tribune reports.

FREE SCHOOL: A Japanese "free school" movement has its roots in a Leon County school, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

RED TAPE: House Education Committee chairman Rep. Michael Bileca tells a group of charter school leaders he'd like to find ways to eliminate more requirements from high-performing district schools, Redefined reports.

IN COURT: A former Bay County high school coach sues the school district superintendent alleging wrongful termination, the Panama City News Herald reports.

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