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Florida education news: Rainy day funds, cyber attacks, paychecks and more

FAILURE FACEOFF: Some Pinellas parents criticize the School Board over the fate of five struggling south St. Petersburg elementary schools, leaving board members to defend the district.

FINANCES: Hillsborough School Board members and administrators knew of the district's dwindling reserves long before discussing them publicly.

BACK TO SCHOOL: Just under 200,000 students return to classes in Hillsborough County.

COMMUNITY SCHOOLS: Leon County leaders explore the options of creating a community school, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

TESTING: There's still no information about the "cyber attack" on Florida's testing system during the spring, the AP reports. • Florida's ACT scores improve but continue to lag nationally, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • The "Seminole Solution" gains more support, News 13 reports.

AUDITS: A recent audit reveals record keeping problems in Miami-Dade school construction contracting, the Miami Herald reports.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: The Brevard School Board gives a financially troubled charter school 90 days to fix its problems, Florida Today reports. • The Bay School Board reaches a transportation deal with some local charter schools, the Panama City News Herald reports. • The Broward School Board supports stricter oversight of charter schools, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

TEACHER DISCIPLINE: A Seminole teacher faces dismissal over alleged inappropriate text messages with a female student, WFTV reports. • A Marion teacher is removed from the classroom during an investigation into prostitution solicitiation, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

OUTSOURCING: Some Volusia school custodian contract workers see big pay cuts and tiny paychecks, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

BULLYING: Lee School Board members criticize district leaders over the handling of a bullying investigation, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

CROWDING: Manatee school enrollment rises by about 1,000, the Herald-Tribune reports.

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