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Florida education news: Vouchers, reading lessons, charter schools and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.

VOUCHERS: Gov Ron DeSantis visits three private schools to tout the state’s new voucher program before signing the measure into law while in Miami. “At the end of the day, your success shouldn’t be limited by family income, by what ZIP code you live in,” he told students at a Christian school in Jacksonville. More from GateHouse, Orlando Sentinel.

READING LESSONS: A veteran Hillsborough County teacher urges her School Board to listen to the real experts — teachers — as the district aims to improve student reading performance.

VALS AND SALS: Pinellas County high schools announce their top graduates for 2019.

SCHOOL SHOOTINGS: Two Florida members of Congress introduce legislation to help identify school threats and bolster suicide prevention programs in schools, Florida Politics reports.

SECURITY LAW: Florida’s new school security law does much more than allow teachers to participate in the armed guardian program, WCJB reports. • The Bay County school district signals its plan to let teachers carry weapons as part of the guardian expansion, the Panama City News Herald reports.

SAFETY FIRST: The city of Sarasota permanently closes the portion of a road that runs through the center of Sarasota High School, the Herald-Tribune reports.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: The National Education Association criticizes Florida’s charter school laws for lacking in oversight, Florida Politics reports.

CONSOLIDATION PLANS: The Duval County school district withdraws a proposal to merge a middle and high school into one, amid strong community opposition, the Florida Times-Union reports.

CODE BREAKING: University of Florida researchers explore using cryptography to get elementary students interested in cybersecurity, the Gainesville Sun reports.

NEW HQ: The Marion County school district explores buying the Ocala Star-Banner building to house its administrative offices, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

TAXES: Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry says he opposes holding a special election for a Duval County school district tax referendum, the Florida Times-Union reports. The City Council must decide whether to place the question on a ballot.

HOUSE POOR: Orlando-area teachers struggle to meet housing costs, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

WEAPONS IN SCHOOLS: A student at a Palm Beach County charter school is found to have brought a gun to school in his backpack, WPBF reports. • The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office investigates two bullets found in a high school classroom, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.

REVOKED: A Manatee County charter school principal has his educator certificate pulled for five years after state officials determine he knowingly helped a teacher under investigation for sex offenses get a job, WWSB reports. More from Herald-Tribune.

ICYMI: Yesterday’s Florida education news roundup