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Florida education news: Start times, sick days, vouchers and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
[Times | 2017]
[Times | 2017]
Published Jan. 23, 2018

START TIMES: After weeks of study, the Pinellas County School Board will discuss the possibility of starting high school classes later in the morning. A parent-led petition drive has collected more than 5,500 signatures in favor of a time later than the current 7:05 a.m.

SICK DAYS: A flu outbreak could hinder Pinellas County students' opportunities for exam exemptions. • A Florida lawmaker proposes a new school vaccination requirement, Scripps Media reports.

VOUCHERS: A Senate committee advances legislation to offer tax credit scholarships to public school students who say they are bullied, the Associated Press reports. More from News Service of Florida, Florida Politics.

SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS: Three Marion County School Board members attend and speak at a weekend community meeting about plans for a struggling school, raising questions of whether they violated state Sunshine Laws, the Ocala Star-Banner reports. • Seminole County School Board member Jeffrey Bauer hasn't attended a board meeting in 10 months, and does not live in his district home, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

GRADE CHANGES: A Palm Beach County teacher has her state certification suspended after her students turn her in for changing everyone's grade to an A, the Palm Beach Post reports.

COLLABORATION: Middle and high school students work together to create ideas in the Sarasota Education Foundation's annual Hackathon, the Herald-Tribune reports.

TODAY IN TALLAHASSEE: House PreK-12 Innovation, 9 a.m. • House PreK-12 Quality, 1 p.m. • House Higher Education Appropriations, noon • House Postsecondary Education, 3:30 p.m. • House PreK-12 Appropriations, 3:30 p.m.

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