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Florida education news: Class size, Greek life, pickets and more

A roundup of education news from around the state.
Florida State University's campus. LARA CERRI | TIMES
Florida State University's campus. LARA CERRI | TIMES
Published Nov. 7, 2017

GREEK LIFE: Joining a fraternity or sorority is often a goal for high school graduates seeking to fit in at college. The lifestyle can get out of hand. Now Florida State University has suspended all fraternities and sororities, following the death of a pledge found unresponsive the morning after a frat party. "For this suspension to end, there will need to be a new normal for Greek life at the university," FSU president John Thrasher said.

CLASS SIZE: A newly proposed constitutional amendment would ease the state's class-size caps, with any leftover money dedicated to teacher pay.

LABOR NEWS: Hillsborough County teachers continue to picket for pay raises outside their schools.

#HB7069: The Miami-Dade County School Board chairman asks his colleagues to set a deadline for deciding whether to join the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of HB 7069, WLRN reports.

AFTER THE STORM: The St. Lucie County school district relocates its administrative offices while waiting for its regular offices to be fixed after flooding from Hurricane Irma, TC Palm reports. • Some island evacuees from Hurricane Maria make their way north to Bay County, WJHG reports.

COMMUNICATION: A Santa Rosa County mom protests the school district's policy of not informing all families in a school if a child is found to have lice, WKRG reports.

TEACHER DISCIPLINE: A Marion County fourth grade teacher faces dismissal for not paying close enough attention to his class, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

STUDENT DISCIPLINE: The Lee County NAACP claims the local school district disproportionately disciplines African-American students, the Naples Daily News reports.

WRITING LESSON: A Sarasota County resident complains about an elementary school's "funeral" for overused words in student essays, the Herald-Tribune reports.