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Florida education news: National Anthem, school construction, playgrounds and more

NATIONAL ANTHEM DEBATE: A Collier high school principal says he'll eject any students who don't stand for the National Anthem at school sporting events, NBC-2 reports. The ACLU challenges the position, NBC-2 reports. More from the Naples Daily News. * Orange County school officials say students must have parental permission to kneel during the anthem, Cox Media Group reports.

CONSTRUCTION PLANS: The Brevard superintendent will create an advisory committee to help set capital needs priorities, Florida Today reports. * The man hired to restore confidence in the Leon school district's construction department decides to retire, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

MATH AND SCIENCE: Five Bay high schools will participate in the National Math and Science Initiative, the Panama City News Herald reports.

PLAY TIME: A Lee elementary school gets a new playground for student recess, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

STUDENT TRANSPORTATION: Palm Beach sees a decline in school bus accidents, the Palm Beach Post reports.

LOUD AND CLEAR: Teachers fill the Clay School Board meeting in purple to remind everyone of their opposition to ousted superintendent Charlie Van Zant and his board member allies, the Florida Times-Union reports.

NEW DIRECTION: The Seminole school district wins a $1 million grant to "reimagine" high school, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

GRIDLOCK: A Broward community's traffic slows to a crawl during school dropoff time, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

SAFETY FIRST: A St. Johns high school evacuates for the second time in two days over a bomb threat, later deemed false, the St. Augustine Record reports.

SCHOOL CLUBS: A judge hears arguments in the lawsuit over a Lake school's refusal to allow students to begin a Gay-Straight Alliance, the Daily Commercial reports.