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Florida education news: Security, reading, charter schools and more

SCHOOL SECURITY: The Pinellas schools police department decides to return the military assault rifles it bought from the federal government. • The Manatee school district cancels its contract for armed school guards, saying it violated the Sunshine law during the selection process, the Herald Tribune reports.

READING AND WRITING: Students at Pasco Rushe Middle create children's books they then take to share with kindergartners at nearby Oakstead Elementary.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: A new report on charter schools by an advocacy group ranks Florida's effort in the middle of the pack, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • The Palm Beach School Board bristles at the city of West Palm Beach seeks extensions to complete its charter school contract proposal, the Palm Beach Post reports. • The St. Johns School Board rejects a charter applicant for the second time, the St. Augustine Record reports.

VOUCHERS: A bipartisan coalition calls upon the Florida Education Association to drop its lawsuit challening the state's voucher program, the Florida Times-Union reports.

R.I.P.: Lee School Board member Tom Scott dies, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.