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Florida education news: Failure Factories, testing, teacher shortages and more

FAILURE FACTORIES: A yearlong investigation reveals how segregation and neglect damaged five Pinellas elementary schools.

HOMEBOUND CARE: The Pasco school district revamps its academic program for hospital-homebound students.

TESTING: Orange school district leaders don't support the "Seminole Solution," News 13 reports. * Florida schools still await results from last spring's state tests, Politico Florida reports.

TEACHER SHORTAGE: A Florida House member proposes a loan forgiveness program for STEM teachers, WCTV reports.

SURVEY SAYS: The Manatee school district begins an employee climate survey, the Bradenton Herald reports.

FIRST DAY: A brand new Brevard principal shares what it's like on the first day of classes, Florida Today reports. * New Alachua teachers meet their mentors, the Gainesville Sun reports.

DON'T STOP THERE! Palm Beach parents can sign up to track their children's school buses online, the Palm Beach Post reports. * St. Johns district officials explore adding GPS to school buses, the St. Augustine Record reports.

CONSTRUCTION FUNDS: Marion schools have about $40 million available to cover nearly $310 million in capital needs, the Ocala Star-Banner reports. * Broward district officials respond to criticisms of their construction bond program management, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

LAWSUITS: A Collier parent sues the district over its involvement with a county-wide wellness initiative, the Naples Daily News reports.

LABOR NEWS: The ousted Orange teachers union president files to run for Florida Education Association president, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

CHOICES: The Palm Beach school district introduces 13 new school choice programs, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

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