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Florida education news: Teacher pay, school board races, charter schools and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Third-grade teacher Dawn Applegate (right) greets members of the Alessandro family during orientation day held Aug. 9 at Cotee River Elementary School in New Port Richey. Pictured, left to right, are Kaden, 7, mom Kristi, Braelynn, 4, and Ryleigh, 8. Schools started Aug 13. MICHELE MILLER | Times
Third-grade teacher Dawn Applegate (right) greets members of the Alessandro family during orientation day held Aug. 9 at Cotee River Elementary School in New Port Richey. Pictured, left to right, are Kaden, 7, mom Kristi, Braelynn, 4, and Ryleigh, 8. Schools started Aug 13. MICHELE MILLER | Times
Published Aug. 24, 2018

TEACHER PAY: Pasco County School Board members sound a cautionary note on their administration's proposal to add more minutes to teacher work days, after several teachers criticize the idea.

CAMPAIGN TRAIL: A Hernando County School Board incumbent revises his campaign finance record after learning some reported contributions exceed the legal limit. • Former Lt. Gov. Toni Jennings is upset an Orange County School Board candidate falsely claimed her endorsement, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • A teen candidate for Broward County School Board lists some questionable expenses on his campaign finance report, the Sun-Sentinel reports. • Voting in the Tampa Bay area? Here's a collection of stories about the races in Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties.

SCHOOL THREATS: A Pasco County teen is arrested after deputies say she wrote a bomb threat on a bathroom door in River Ridge High School. • The Lake County school district prepares to implement a service to scan social media posts for possible threats against its schools, the Daily Commercial reports.

HOT TIMES: Hillsborough County schools experience sporadic air conditioning breakdowns.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: A struggling Marion County charter school hires a new principal with the charge of turning around its performance, the Ocala Star-Banner reports. • A developer seeks to create a vocational charter school in Port St. Lucie, TC Palm reports.

CAREER ACADEMIES: A Flagler County high school launches its new law and justice academy, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

BE NICE: Bay County schools aim to decrease bullying and harassment with a new "It's Cool to Be Kind" campaign, the Panama City News Herald reports.

DRIVERS REALLY NEEDED: The Polk County school district considers lowering its educational requirements for new bus drivers, the Ledger reports.

GROWTH: Southern Walton County will get its first new school in two decades, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

MENTAL HEALTH: The Sarasota County school district will hire outside counselors to serve elementary school students, the Herald-Tribune reports.

SUE YOU: A second lawsuit is filed against Broward County schools over the hiring of a substitute teacher accused of sexually harassing students, the Miami Herald reports.

BAD ACTS: A former Citrus County teacher will lose her teaching certificate after conviction for selling marijuana from her home, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.

ICYMI: Yesterday's Florida education news roundup

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