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Florida education news: Life insurance, vouchers, crowding and more

BENEFITS: Pasco school district officials explore a new life insurance benefit for employees that some worry sounds too good to be true.

VOUCHERS: Florida doesn't need any more of them, the Times editorializes.

IN THE RUNNING: An elementary school assistant principal announces her candidacy for Hernando School Board.

CROWDING: Pasco's Wiregrass Ranch High School abandons a plan to ease crowding because of too little student interest in the concept.

TAXES: Volusia's required local effort would rise under budget proposals moving through the Florida Legislature, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. • Escambia officials seek to extend a local sales tax to support future school construction, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

CLASS SIZE: Duval officials propose keeping class sizes at school-wide averages rather than classroom counts regardless of state penalties, WJCT reports. More from the Florida Times-Union.

DISCIPLINE: A consultant says Polk's internal investigations into suspected employee wrongdoing take too long, the Ledger reports.

FUNDING: Alachua schools could lose $5 million because of data reporting errors, the Gainesville Sun reports.

CHARGES DROPPED: Prosecutors drop one of three charges against Manatee former administrators implicated in a case against a former football assistant coach, the Bradenton Herald reports.

SCHOLARSHIPS: The number of Florida Bright Futures recipients could be cut in half, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

LABOR NEWS: Walton teachers and administrators again find themselves at impasse in contract negotiations, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

START TIMES: Bay officials look into changing school start and end times to cope with bus driver shortages, the Panama City News Herald reports.