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Florida education news: Alligators, recess, absenteeism and more

SAFETY FIRST: Some Lee families ask for a school bus stop that's not so close to a pond where alligators live, Scripps News Service reports.

PLAY TIME: Orange County schools are close to adopting a daily recess requirement, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

ATTENDANCE MATTERS: The Palm Beach school district works to reduce truancy amid reports that thousands of students miss 15 or more days of classes, CBS12 reports.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: A popular Manatee charter elementary school proposes to open a middle school, the Bradenton Herald reports.

CAREER EDUCATION: Marion schools expand industry certifications into the middle schools, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

SUPERINTENDENTS: The Duval School Board criticizes superintendent Nikolai Vitti over the district's slow progress in eliminating achievement gaps, the Florida Times-Union reports.

NEXT STEPS: Hundreds of St. Johns students explore future opportunities at a career and college night, the St. Augustine Record reports.

OVERSIGHT: The Highlands School Board seeks members for a sales tax oversight committee, the Highlands Today reports.