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Florida education news: Contract talks, hurricane costs, school choice and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Meaghan Leto, (center facing street), a speech therapist from Twin Lakes Elementary, protests with the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association outside of a School Board meeting Dec. 5 in Tampa. The union and the school district are at a bargaining impasse over pay for the current school year. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
Meaghan Leto, (center facing street), a speech therapist from Twin Lakes Elementary, protests with the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association outside of a School Board meeting Dec. 5 in Tampa. The union and the school district are at a bargaining impasse over pay for the current school year. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
Published Dec. 18, 2017

IMPASSE: They've protested and  worked the contract. Students have walked out on their behalf. Hillsborough County teachers now have declared their negotiations to be at an impasse, unable to reach a salary agreement with the school district. The sides plan to keep talking, but have asked for a special magistrate to help the process along.

AFTER THE STORM: The Pinellas County school district asks FEMA for a $2.5 million reimbursement from Hurricane Irma expenses. Payroll to run shelters was the largest single cost. • Duval County schools work with about 200 new students who evacuated Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, the Florida Times-Union reports. • Teachers from Puerto Rico are adjusting to new classrooms in Florida, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

SCHOOL CHOICE: The Brevard County school district prepares to reopen a shuttered elementary school as a STEAM magnet, Florida Today reports.

TOP TEACHER: Miami-Dade middle school math teacher Dale Adamson is Florida's only Milken award winner this year, the Miami Herald reports.

EXTRA HELP: Alachua County schools invite mentors to lunch with students needing some added attention as part of a strategy to overcome the achievement gap, the Gainesville Sun reports.

M.I.A.: Okaloosa County's district spokesman is reprimanded multiple times for violating policies and procedures, the Crestview Bulletin reports.

GREEK LIFE: Florida International University suspends fraternity and sorority activities for at least a month, the Miami Herald reports.

BAD ACTS: A Miami-Dade County kindergarten teacher is fired over accusations she hurt a student multiple times, WPLG reports. • A Collier County teacher accused of inappropriate social media comments remains undisciplined by the school district, the Naples Daily News reports.

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