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Florida education news: Investigations, traffic, performance pay and more

Published Aug. 21, 2015

UNDER INVESTIGATION: The Pinellas school district faces a state review of the district's use of temporary teachers to meet Florida's class size rules.

SAFETY: Officials seek to control traffic outside Hillsborough's Strawberry Crest High as students return.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: Georgia and Tennessee look to Florida for ideas on how to pay for charter schools, WWNO reports. • A Marion charter school hurries to prepare its new site for the new school year, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

INFIGHTING: A Manatee School Board member releases text messages between the district's staff attorney and former superintendent amid lawsuits and accusations, the Bradenton Herald reports.

BUSING: Palm Beach school buses improve their arrival times as the week progresses — 27 percent were late, compared to 40 percent, the Palm Beach Post reports.

PERFORMANCE PAY: A federal appellate court won't reconsider the FEA's lawsuit challenging SB 736, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

FOCUS: Polk elementary schools ask their teachers to specialize in subject areas as a way to boost test scores, the Ledger reports.

LABOR NEWS: A state judge recommends the Broward school district rehire a teacher the judge says was wrongly fired, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

GROWTH: St. Johns leaders prepare for four new schools and two school expansions, the St. Augustine Record reports.