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Florida education news: Student clubs, charter schools, career academies and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
The Pasco County School Board meets on Oct. 16, 2018. [Jeffrey S. Solochek | Times]
The Pasco County School Board meets on Oct. 16, 2018. [Jeffrey S. Solochek | Times]
Published Oct. 29, 2018

STUDENT CLUBS: Pasco County School Board members grapple with a request to require parental consent for students to participate in school clubs. "There's two things going on," vice chairwoman Alison Crumbley said. "You have parental rights, because they're minors. But at the same time, you don't want to deny a student access to a club, particularly if they need some help or support. It's a fine line."

CHARTER SCHOOLS: Some Clermont residents urge city officials to rescind a permit for a new Lake County charter school, contending the applicants misrepresented key facts, the Daily Commercial reports.

REASSIGNED: A Citrus County middle school principal is removed from his school amid an investigation on undisclosed issues, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.

HEAD LICE: A Volusia County parent asks the school district to adopt a stricter policy governing head lice checks, after her child comes home with a case, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

READING LESSONS: Three Lake County elementary schools will adopt a new technique for reading instruction that relies more on real-world problems, the Daily Commercial reports.

HANDS ON: A Lake County high school revamps its construction career academy with more student time in worshops and projects, the Daily Commercial reports. • Marion County schools and other agencies strive to improve career training for students, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

AFTER MICHAEL: Bay County schools receive donations from around the country as they cope with the results of Hurricane Michael, the Panama City News Herald reports. Teachers in the hardest hit areas wonder how they'll do their job effectively when they and their students are still in recovery mode, the Associated Press reports. • Jackson County schools prepare to reopen Monday, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

THREATS: A Nassau County teen is arrested for making a threat of violence against his school, the Florida Times-Union reports. "Kids need to realize doing something like this isn't funny and you will get arrested if any threats are made," Sheriff Bill Leeper said.

MUSIC TO THEIR EARS: Lee County elementary schools are able to introduce orchestra instruments to students after receiving a grant to purchase them, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

ELECT OR APPOINT? Escambia County residents consider whether to move to an appointed schools superintendent, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

TEACHER RETENTION: A Sarasota County foundation puts $250,000 toward helping local schools recruit and retain teachers, the Herald-Tribune reports.

TEACHER PAY: Increasing the base teacher salary to $50,000 would cost the St. Johns County school district more than $12 million, the St. Augustine Record reports.

SECURITY: All Charlotte County schools install video doorbells at their entrances, the Charlotte Sun reports.