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Florida education news: Common Core, graduation, school choice and more

COMMON CORE: The Florida Board of Education rejects Common Core appendicies at the governor's request, while also targeting the state's accountability system for possible changes. • The State Board extends its "safety net" for school grades for another two years, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • More than 200 supporters and opponents of the standards turn out for the first of three public hearings. • More from State Impact Florida, Herald-Tribune, Hechinger Report.

TAKE IT INDOORS: Pinellas high schools prepare for graduation ceremonies inside rather than chancing the weather again.

LET THEM STAY: Hernando School Board members reject the idea of sending children from magnet schools to their home schools if they don't follow school rules.

MORE OPTIONS: The Pasco school district explores adding education choices to several schools.

UNFAIR DISCIPLINE: The Hillsborough School Board overrules the administration's firing of an assistant principal at a school where a special needs student drowned.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT: A growing number of Hernando students take AP exams, but the district passing rate drops to a five-year low.

BLENDED LEARNING: A Palm Beach middle school combines classroom and online lessons for students working in a new virtual learning lab, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

SUBSTITUTE SPENDING: The Manatee district puts budgeting and hiring of substitute teachers in the hands of individual schools, the Bradenton Herald reports.

SHUT DOWN: Another Broward charter school closes, having failed to pay its rent, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

LIFE LESSONS: Some Brevard students with disabilities open a coffee stand as part of their learning about life after high school, Florida Today reports.

AT ODDS: The Clay superintendent and School Board continue to clash, the Florida Times-Union reports.

OUTSOURCING: Miami-Dade bus drivers protest the idea of privatizing student transportation, the Miami Herald reports. • Broward's plans to privatize its construction and maintenance department runs into controversy, the Miami Herald reports.

PAY UP: Gov. Rick Scott urges school districts to hurry and complete negotiations to give teachers pay raises, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. • Sarasota lands a deal that gives teachers raises plus longevity pay, the Herald-Tribune reports.

HEALTHY EATING: Leon schools work to get students to eat more vegetables at lunch, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.