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Florida education news: Special session, test scores, squirt guns and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
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Published May 25, 2018

SPECIAL SESSION: Florida House Democrats had hoped to convince their colleagues to reconvene for a new debate on public education funding. Other Democrats agreed. The Republicans did not.

TEST SCORES: Florida elementary schools receive their third-graders' state language arts test results a day before most districts end the academic year.

SQUIRT GUNS: A Lee County mom criticizes her child's middle school for holding a year-end squirt gun fight, calling it inappropriate in light of recent school shootings, WFTX reports.

MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES: Florida school districts explore ways to expand mental health services amid limited resources and a critical shortage of some professionals, Health News Florida reports.

SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT: Duval County's most struggling schools continue to work on ensuring students find academic success, the Florida Times-Union reports.

SECURITY: The Brevard County school district begins searching for new security specialistsFlorida Today reports.

LIFE LESSONS: A Bay County elementary school teaches students leadership skills, the Panama City News Herald reports.

LIFE SAVERS: Three Palm Beach County high school students are recognized for saving a school bus driver's life, the Palm Beach Post reports.

JOB CUTS: Several Duval County teachers are angry as the school district plans to cut jobs to cover a revenue shortfall, WJAX reports.

LABOR VIEWS: The leaders of the Miami-Dade and Broward teachers unions discuss the challenges they face and their views on the future of organized labor, WLRN reports.

BAD ACTS: A Palm Beach County teacher is removed from school amid allegations of hitting a student, the Palm Beach Post reports.