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Florida education news: Bonuses, student relationships, weapon training and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.

BONUSES: Still waiting to see if you qualify for a piece of the $15.5 million settlement of a Best and Brightest discrimination lawsuit? Lawyers for the two sides are working out the details, now that Gov. Ron DeSantis has approved two key parts of the agreement.

LOOKING ELSEWHERE: The former principal of Hillsborough County’s Spoto High School resigns from the district amid an ongoing investigation of her work.

RELATIONSHIPS MATTER: Hillsborough County superintendent Jeff Eakins reminds his district’s 600 new teachers that a key to success is getting to know and understand their students.

AP TEST SCANDAL: Two Volusia County school district officials are reprimanded for their part in giving 336 students “placebo” Advanced Placement exams instead of the real things, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

SITE SECURED: A long-planned charter high school in Destin has found a location to operate, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

MIDDLE GROUND: The Collier County school district and the under-fire Mason Classical Academy charter school seek a path to allow the school to remain open by fixing problems uncovered in a recent review, the Naples Daily News reports.

TAXES: Florida education commissioner Richard Corcoran suggests Duval County schools might not need a sales tax referendum to pay for renovations and new construction, saying “Taj Mahals” don’t teach children, WJAX reports. More from Florida Politics. • Clay County school district leaders signal a willingness to sue over the Clay County Commission’s refusal to place a tax referendum question on the ballot, Florida Daily reports.

TARGET PRACTICE: Teachers across Florida and the nation begin weapon training in advance of serving as school guardians, TC Palm reports.

MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES: Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis visits a Duval County school to tout her initiative to expand mental health services, the Florida Times-Union reports.

STUDENT LOANS: The U.S. Bankruptcy Court covering central Florida launches a new program to help borrowers struggling to repay student loans, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

ELIA UPDATE: Former Hillsborough County superintendent MaryEllen Elia announces her retirement as New York education commissioner, the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle reports.

ICYMI: Yesterday’s Florida education news roundup

COMING UP: Morgan & Morgan will hold a news conference at 11:30 a.m. today in Orlando to discuss a new lawsuit by teachers against the state, relating to pay. • 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.