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Florida education news: Budgets, bomb threats, uniforms and more

BUDGETS: The Hillsborough school district eliminates about 50 clerical jobs in an effort to put more money into classrooms. * The Pinellas School Board will consider lowering its tax rate.

SAFETY FIRST: A Pinellas elementary school evacuates for a bomb threat, later determined to be nothing. * Two Cape Coral schools go on lockdown because of bomb threats, Fox 4 reports. * A Volusia high school locks down after two threats, WESH reports.

GIFTED EDUCATION: The Duval School Board approves an expansion of gifted programs, the Florida Times-Union reports.

GENDER ISSUES: A Lee ROTC teacher is suspended without pay for telling students his religious beliefs about gender identity, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

STEPPING DOWN: The chairwoman of an embattled Palm Beach private school resigns, the Palm Beach Post reports.

POLITICS? The Okaloosa School Board approves the transfer of a principal who made a failed bid to oust the superintendent, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

SUPERINTENDENTS: Duval School Board members offer superintendent Nikolai Vitti some harsh criticism in their annual evaluation, the Florida Times-Union reports.

DRESS CODE: Volusia officials say schools had nearly full compliance with new student uniform rules, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

PLAY TIME: Central Florida "recess moms" turn their attention to changing state law after finding success in their school districts, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

REPORT CARDS: An Orange County middle school abandons its standards-based grading model after parents complain, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

SCHOOL PROPERTY: Flagler district leaders consider tightening their school use rules after a weekend car sale at a high school, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.