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Florida education news: Home visits, teacher salaries, empty seats and more

GETTING TO KNOW YOU: Pasco Hudson Elementary teachers tour their school zone by bus to see where their students come from.

'WORTH EVERY PENNY': Hillsborough's new teacher pay plan costs $65 million that the district is seeking to sustain.

NEXT STEPS: Pinellas district leaders plan changes for the schools identified as persistently failing in a weekend Times report. What some others are saying: Slate, EWA, PBS, NPR

EMPTY SEATS: The Hillsborough district builds new schools even as existing ones have space amid student moves to charter schools.

GAMING: South Florida educators look into using computer games as a learning tool, the Miami Herald reports.

SUPERINTENDENTS: Escambia civic leaders renew the conversation of whether to continue electing the schools superintendent, WUWF reports.

BOYS VS. GIRLS: Duval families take a closer look at single-gender education, the Florida Times-Union reports.

IN THE COURTS: An appellate judge tells the Duval school district it must reinstate a teacher fired for allegedly cursing at students and using the N-word, the Florida Times-Union reports.

BUS FUSS: About 40 percent of Palm Beach school buses run late on the first day of classes, the Palm Beach Post reports. The district needs dozens more drivers, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

HOME SCHOOLING: It's on the rise in Volusia and Flagler counties, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

CONSTRUCTION FUNDS: Sarasota district officials seek ways to pay for planned new schools, the Herald-Tribune reports.