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Florida education news: Teacher certification, class size, leadership and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Sen. Dorothy Hukill presents her bill Nov. 8, 2017, to set a financial literacy high school graduation requirement. [The Florida Channel]
Published Oct. 3, 2018

R.I.P.: State Sen. Dorothy Hukill, chairwoman of the Senate Education Committee, passes away after a recurrence of her cancer. Hukill recently had entered hospice and abandoned her reelection bid. She fought tirelessly for, among other things, a financial literacy requirement for high school students. More from Florida Politics.

CLASS SIZE: Pasco County students might see additional class schedule changes as their schools continue to make class size adjustments.

CERTIFICATION: Pasco County School Board members seek protections for teachers who were asked to teach a new health class out of field.

DUAL ENROLLMENT: State College of Florida will stop offering dual enrollment courses on Manatee and Sarasota county high school campuses, the Herald-Tribune reports.

SECURITY: Firms that sell school "hardening" products gain a foothold after the Parkland high school shooting, the Associated Press reports.

LOVE OF READING: An Indian River County elementary school wins a grant that allows it to give 11 books to every student, TC Palm reports.

TEACHER GRANTS: A Collier County education foundation delivers checks to 118 teachers seeking to fill needs in their classrooms, the Naples Daily News reports.

TAXES: The Miami-Dade County school district launches a campaign to seek voter approval of a property tax increase that would pay for teacher raises and campus security, the Miami Herald reports. More from WLRN.

SCHOOL CHOICE: Students attending a Palm Beach County conservatory program that will be closed are given open choice to any other school in the district, the Palm Beach Post reports. Parents remain upset that their program is being shuttered.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: Three new charter schools seek to open in Palm Beach County, the Palm Beach Post reports.

BAD ACTS: A 9-year-old Broward County student is arrested after bringing a loaded gun to school, WTVJ reports. • A Broward County high school assistant coach is arrested on charges of soliciting a minor for sex acts, the Miami Herald reports.

ICYMI: Yesterday's Florida education news roundup