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Florida education news: Accountability, superintendents, pay raises and more

A roundup of education news from around the state.

ACCOUNTABILITY: Florida's plan to implement the federal Every Student Succeeds Act incorporated language that some education advocates say violates the word and spirit of the law. A coalition of civil rights organizations, rebuffed when it asked state officials to alter the proposal, has asked U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to reject it.

SUPERINTENDENTS: The Hernando County School Board agrees to conduct a second district-wide survey to help evaluate superintendent Lori Romano's performance. Its first survey generated questions about its value.

TEACHER PAY: The Pasco County school district makes its salary proposal for teachers,  offering $3.15 million less than the union requested. "Ouch," teacher negotiator Val Smith said. • Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association executive director Stephanie Baxter-Jenkins discusses her county's wage dispute in the latest Gradebook podcast.

SCHOLARSHIPS: A proposal to grant scholarships to bullied public school students faces some pushback as it moves through the House. • A bill to permanently expand the Bright Futures scholarship sails through a Senate committee, the Sunshine State News reports.

AFTER THE STORM: The federal government will provide $2 million to help Florida schools recover from hurricanes Irma and Maria, US News & World Report reports. • Island evacuees continue to make their transition into Florida's education system, NPR reports.

STUDENT BUSING: Hillsborough County school transportation officials are investigating why wheels flew off two new school buses while moving, ABC Action News reports.

COMMUNICATION: Marion County School Board members spar with  administration officials over whether adequate information about a construction project was provided, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

FUNDING: Volusia County School Board members ask local chamber of commerce leaders to help fight for changes to the state district cost differential education funding formula, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

BAD ACTS: An Alachua County principal removed over alleged inappropriate comments to students had faced sexual harassment accusations while working in Levy County, the Gainesville Sun reports. • A Polk County teacher resigns as district officials learn of her past problems in other districts, the Ledger reports.

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