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Florida education news: Term limits, federal accountability, flexibility and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Pinellas County School Board member Linda Lerner is in her seventh term. A new proposal would limit board members to two terms. [Times | 2015]
Published Feb. 5, 2018

TERM LIMITS: Experience? Or fresh views? Those countervailing desires are driving Florida's debate over school board member term limits. Several proposals are advancing, making it likely that voters will decide the issue in November.

FLEXIBILITY: A proposal to grant charter status to high-performing Florida school district gains more support in the Constitution Revision Commission. But some people who like the idea say it doesn't belong in the constitution.

ESSA: Florida faces a critical review of its federal accountability plan, which aims to get around key rules set in monitoring the progress of disadvantaged students, Education Week reports.

LOGROLLING? Florida Education Association leaders criticize the state House for combining several education policy issues into a single budget bill, the News Service of Florida reports.

EVALUATIONS: Teachers across South Florida call for changes in their districts' evaluation systems, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

SCIENCE LESSONS: The Clay County School Board adopts science textbooks that teach evolution as fact to the exclusion of other ideas, despite community objections Action News Jax reports.

IN THE HUNT: A Marion County high school sophomore announces his bid to become the district's superintendent, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

BRANDING: The Polk County school district challenges students to come up with a new district logo, the Ledger reports.

SCHOOL SAFETY: A Palm Beach County student is arrested with a loaded gun on campus, the third such incident in a week, the Palm Beach Post reports.

ON THE LINE: A Seminole County School Board member who missed nearly a year of meetings says he will call in to future sessions, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

TODAY IN TALLAHASSEE: Take a breather. Nothing major scheduled. But just wait. HB 7055 is set for the full House later this week.

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