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Florida education news: School board seats, tax rates and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Collier School Board member Erika Donalds promoted three amendments to alter the governance of Florida's school districts at the Nov. 27, 2017, Florida Constitution Revision Education Committee meeting. [The Florida Channel]
Collier School Board member Erika Donalds promoted three amendments to alter the governance of Florida's school districts at the Nov. 27, 2017, Florida Constitution Revision Education Committee meeting. [The Florida Channel]
Published Nov. 28, 2017|Updated Nov. 28, 2017

SCHOOL GOVERNANCE: The Florida Constitution Revision Commission resumed its work Monday, with its education committee diving into some hot-button issues it might ask voters to consider. After lengthy discussions on using state money for religious education and altering the 2002 class-size amendment, the panel took up three proposals, approving two. Despite some public objection, the committee moved forward plans to limit school board members' terms and to require all districts appoint their superintendents.

BUDGET: Gov. Rick Scott touts his education budget at a Tampa elementary school, urging supporters to encourage lawmakers to treat it favorably even though House leaders have deemed its local taxing provision unacceptable.

TEACHER TIME: Hillsborough County teachers begin "working the contract" to protest the district's backing away from a promised raise.

TOP EMPLOYEES: The Pinellas County school district announces its five support employee of the year finalists.

BONUS PAY: A federal judge refuses to dismiss a teacher union lawsuit challenging Florida's Best and Brightest program, the News Service of Florida reports.

IN FLORIDA: U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visits schools in Lee and Collier counties, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. More from the Naples Daily News.

CIVICS LESSONS: Florida seeks to increase its requirements for civics education, the Washington Examiner reports.

BOARD POLITICS: The selection of board chairman could affect the Manatee County school district's upcoming tax referendum, the Bradenton Herald reports.

RACE ISSUES: Florida Gulf Coast University faces pushback over its "White Racism" course, USA Today reports.

STUDENT DISCIPLINE: The Duval County school district sees a rise in student suspensions, disproportionately among African-American children, the Florida Times-Union reports. The local NAACP calls for mandatory cultural sensitivity training for district employees, the Florida Times-Union reports.

THREATS: Two Volusia County middle school students are arrested for threatening to shoot up their school, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

SICK SCHOOL? Teachers at a Broward County elementary school complain about mold in the classrooms, WPLG reports. • State health officials are investigating complaints about a cancer cluster at Manatee County's Bayshore High site, the Herald-Tribune reports.

OFFICE SPACE: The Stuart City Commission weighs a proposal to make land available for new Martin County school district offices, TC Palm reports.

TODAY IN LEESBURG: Florida Board of Education, 9 a.m.