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Florida education news: School grades, mascots, a principal’s downfall and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.

SCHOOL GRADES: Florida’s annual school grades came out late last week. How did the Tampa Bay school districts fare? We break down the results from Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties. • Critics continue to question the value of grading schools, the Herald-Tribune reports.

MASCOTS: Put off by a district plan to remove Native American mascots from several schools without its input, the Hillsborough County School Board will debate whether such changes should require a board vote.

PARENT INVOLVEMENT: The Hillsborough County school district explores new approaches for reaching out to parents.

CHARTER SQUABBLE: A financially troubled Manatee County charter school battles the school district over its role, the Bradenton Herald reports. Some say the school’s struggles date back to the area’s segregated past.

BEAUTIFICATION EFFORTS: Charlotte County school district employees and other volunteers participate in a district office cleanup, the Charlotte Sun reports.

TIME TO GO: Flagler County superintendent James Tager announces his plan to retire in summer 2020, to give his School Board time to prepare for a replacement, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

MENTAL HEALTH: The Lake County school district overhauls its approach to mental health services, the Daily Commercial reports.

PRINCIPAL’S FALL: The swift decline of the Palm Beach County school principal who told a parent the Holocaust was not historic fact had not been anticipated before the incident that gained national attention, the Palm Beach Post reports. More from WLRN.

JAILHOUSE LESSONS: Florida’s prison system provides little meaningful education to inmates, despite evidence that education helps reduce recidivism, the Herald-Tribune reports.

TAXES: Supporters of a Duval County schools sales tax referendum appear more confident the vote will happen after another round of meetings with county leaders, the Florida Times-Union reports.

COMING UP: The State Board of Education meets Wednesday at Polk State College Turnaround plans for several districts, including Hillsborough, Polk and Duval, are on the agenda.