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Florida education news: Teacher contracts, graduation rates, accountability and more

A roundup of education news from around the state.

PAY DISPUTE: Teachers picketed. Students protested. The Hillsborough County school district stuck to its plan to not provide pay raises promised four years ago. Now, the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association has called upon members to work only to the terms of their contract for a week. Don't be expecting any after-school conferences or calls the week after Thanksgiving.

EDUCATION INDICATORS: Details such as high school graduation rate and low degree attainment put the Tampa Bay area in a precarious position when competing economically with other national metro areas.

PHILANTHROPY: A Tampa couple donates $15 million to the University of South Florida and urges others to give to the school.

TAX CREDIT SCHOLARSHIPS: The Florida House plans to hold hearings on how the state regulates private schools receiving the scholarships, the Orlando Sentinel reports. With sidebar.

TRUANCY: The Bay County school district and prosecutors get tough on parents whose children miss too much school, the Panama City News-Herald reports.

CLASSROOM TECHNOLOGY: Clay County teachers provide more individualized instruction using newly available online resources, the Florida Times-Union reports.

EARLY EDUCATION: St. Johns County elementary schools see children better prepared for kindergarten after offering prekindergarten services for three years, the St. Augustine Record reports.

TAKE A HIKE: Some Manatee County students lose their school bus rides as the district struggles to hire bus drivers, the Bradenton Herald reports.

AFTER THE STORM: Hundreds of Lee County families left homeless after Hurricane Irma seek help from the schools and other community services, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. • The Monroe County school district's under-construction new K-8 school survives Irma with little damage, the Keynoter reports.

OFFICE SPACE: Marion County's superintendent proposes a new two-story building for district administrators and School Board chambers, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

LABOR NEWS: The Lake County school district proposes cutting bonuses to teachers in schools with the highest percentage of low-income students, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

ACCREDITATION: Lake County district officials get feedback from a team reviewing the system for reaccreditation, the Daily Commercial reports.

STUDENT DISCIPLINE: A 5-year-old student runs away from his Hernando County school and is suspended three days, Scripps Media reports.

IN COURT: Two Orange County families sue the school district over a middle school teacher who sent their children nude photos of himself over Snapchat, WKMG reports.

BAD ACTS: A Polk County teacher caught lying about her past loses her job, the Ledger reports. • A Polk bus assistant is arrested on child abuse charges, the Ledger reports.

TODAY IN TALLAHASSEE: Senate Education, 4 p.m.

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