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Florida education news: Prekindergarten, parent pushback, school board races and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Victoria Arriaga, left, does a letter-matching activity during Priscilla Perez's pre-kindergarten class at West Tampa Elementary School last month. Pre-K programs run by the Hillsborough County School District could be one reason kindergarten readiness is up this year, officials said. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
Published Nov. 13, 2018

EARLY EDUCATION: A growing percentage of Hillsborough County kindergarten students arrive at school ready to learn, according to new assessment results. The district is expanding its prekindergarten programs to serve more youngsters.

SAVE OUR SCHOOL: Parents and teachers hope to prevent closure of Pasco County's Hudson Elementary School, one of three campuses serving low-income students that district officials have targeted to shut down.

BOARD SEATS: Just over a quarter of Florida school board members leave their positions, while another quarter win without opposition. • Okaloosa County board member Rodney Walker retires after six terms, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports. • Charlotte County board member Lee Swift also retires after 24 years, the Charlotte Sun reports.

TOP HONORS: A Pasco County middle school teacher is named Florida Literacy Coach of the Year.

TAXES: A sales tax supporting Palm Beach County schools is generating more revenue than expected, which could lead the district to end collections a year early, the Palm Beach Post reports.

'INAPPROPRIATE' MESSAGE: Some seniors at a Sarasota County school are shown a video on sexual consent that was not approved by the administration, the Herald-Tribune reports.

RED MEANS STOP: Seeking to boost protection for students, Collier County law enforcement tickets several drivers who don't stop for school bus flashing lights, the Naples Daily News reports.

SUPPORT YOUR TEAM: A Citrus County high school's football booster club schedules a fundraiser to buy new team uniforms, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.

INSTEAD OF SMOKING: Flagler County schools see a rise in student juuling, use of a type of e-cigarette, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

BAD ACTS: A Leon County teacher is arrested on allegations of sending suggestive social media messages to a student, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

ICYMI: Yesterday's Florida education news roundup

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