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Florida education news: Teacher protest, superintendents, Maria evacuees and more

A roundup of education stories from around the state.
MONICA HERNDON   |   Times
Teachers gather at a protest outside of Westchase Elementary in Tampa, Fla. on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017. The protest was part of a teacher work slowdown called for in Hillsborough this week, as salary negotiations continue.  

"There are people that planned their lives literally around this money coming in, right down to having children. Having not had children before, and being able to finally afford that," Misty Keller said. Keller is the Organizing Specialist for Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association.
MONICA HERNDON | Times Teachers gather at a protest outside of Westchase Elementary in Tampa, Fla. on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017. The protest was part of a teacher work slowdown called for in Hillsborough this week, as salary negotiations continue. "There are people that planned their lives literally around this money coming in, right down to having children. Having not had children before, and being able to finally afford that," Misty Keller said. Keller is the Organizing Specialist for Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association.
Published Nov. 29, 2017

PEACEFUL PROTEST: Denied a promised raise, teachers across Hillsborough County began performing their contracted duties only as part of a weeklong demonstration.

SUPERINTENDENT SELECTION: Florida's constitution revision exercise forces school districts to take a closer look at whether their superintendents should be elected or appointed. More from the News Service of Florida.

AFTER THE STORM: Hurricane Maria evacuees who are still learning English won't be included in Florida's school accountability system. More from the Orlando Sentinel

TURNAROUNDS: Northeast Elementary School in Pinellas County sees a resurgence with the support of its community. • The Florida Board of Education approves improvement plans for two struggling Duval County schools, the Florida Times-Union reports.

IN FLORIDA: Sunshine State schools become a favorite destination for U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, US News & World Report reports.

ALLEGATIONS: An Okaloosa County man files a formal complaint with the School Board against superintendent Mary Beth Jackson, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

RETIREMENT CONFLICT: A former Escambia County School Board member says she resigned her post to avoid losing her state retirement from a job in the Sheriff's Office, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

THREATS: A Bay County high school is evacuated amid a bomb threat, the Panama City News Herald reports. • Two Volusia County middle school students arrested for threatening their school offer no explanations, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

BOARD LEADERSHIP: The Manatee County School Board selects a new chairman with hopes he can help win passage of a local property tax increase, the Bradenton Herald reports. The new chairman isn't convinced of the need, though, the Herald-Tribune reports.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS: Two Florida lawmakers propose requiring all high school students learn CPR, Florida Today reports.

VOUCHERS: A central Florida private school does not participate in a hearing over whether it can continue to receive state tax credit scholarships, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

TEACHER HOUSING: The Broward County School Board looks for ways to increase affordable housing options for teachers, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

SCHOOL SITES: Plans to relocate a Palm Beach County elementary school hit a snag, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

EVALUATIONS: Florida is among the states leading the way in changing how teachers get evaluated, Education Week reports.

TODAY IN TAMPA: The Florida School Boards Association, Florida Association of District School Superintendents and other related groups kick off their three-day joint winter conference. (Agenda)

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