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Florida education news: School zones, portfolios, teacher certification and more

SCHOOL ZONES: West Pasco parents seek to prevent their neighborhoods from being drawn out of the Mitchell High School attendance boundary.

LEADERSHIP: Hernando's Moton Elementary gets a veteran administrator as interim principal.

BUDGETS: The Hillsborough School Board approves the district's $2.8 billion budget despite having several unanswered questions.

THIRD-GRADE RETENTION: The Orange school district considers keeping portfolios for all third graders, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

SUPERINTENDENTS: The St. Johns School Board narrows its applicant field to four, the St. Augustine Record reports. * The Sarasota School Board picks eight semifinalists for its top job, the Herald-Tribune reports. * A divided Duval School Board prepares to evaluate superintendent Nikolai Vitti, the Florida Times-Union reports.

VIOLENCE: A coalition identifies at least 2,000 Miami-Dade students at high risk of becoming part of a cycle of violence, the Miami Herald reports.

VANDALISM: A suspect is arrested in connection with $100,000 of vandalism to two DeLand schools, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

TEACHER CERTIFICATION: Two Miami-Dade lawmakers say they want major changes to Florida's teacher certification laws, Redefined reports.

TURNAROUNDS: The Polk School Board hires a consultant for $1 million to help its most struggling schools, the Ledger reports.