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Florida education news: Legislative priorities, student voices, charter schools and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
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Published Oct. 2, 2018

LEGISLATIVE AGENDA: Funding for school security, mental health services and general operations top the wish list of the Florida School Boards Association for 2019. "We want to make sure the resources are available to accomplish those most important goals" for students, FSBA lobbyist Ruth Melton said.

STUDENT VOICES: The Hernando County School Board revives its student representative program.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: A Pasco County charter school again delays its move into new buildings as the construction project remains unfinished.

MAINTENANCE NEEDS: A Hillsborough County commissioner calls on his board to discuss how it can help the school district with its mounting infrastructure problems.

REAL MEN WEAR PINK: Brevard County superintendent Mark Mullins commissions district fashion design students to make him some pink ties for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Florida Today reports.

SECURITY: Tampa Bay area schools make plans to improve their security with locks, cameras and other upgrades, WUSF reports.

GETTING THERE: Bay County schools use incentives and interventions to stem chronic student absenteeism, the Panama City News Herald reports.

SLEEPING ON THE JOB: Students accuse a Broward County school bus driver of falling asleep at the wheel, WPLG reports.

IT'S IN THE BEAR: A Lake County 10-year-old is arrested for bringing a 5-inch knife to school inside a stuffed animal, the Daily Commercial reports.

RECOGNIZED: Twelve Florida schools are named National Blue Ribbon Schools for their academic performance, Redefined reports.

ICYMI: Yesterday's Florida education news roundup