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Florida education news: teacher of the year, banned homework, new schools and more

TO-DO: The Pinellas County School Board has a "to-do" list of goals for the coming school year to be discussed at a board workshop.

WINNER: The 2018 Macy's/Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year will be announced tonight in Orlando. One of the five finalists from Pinellas, Lake, Osceola, Marion and Indian River counties will take home the top honor and a $25,000 cash prize.

NEW SCHOOL: With no signs of growth slowing in eastern Pasco County, the School Board is poised to spent $5 million on 64 acres in Zephyrhills for a new high school.

NO HOMEWORK: The superintendent of the Marion County school district has banned homework for all elementary school students and is instead asking parents to read to their children for 20 minutes every night, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

HYDRATE: In the wake of the death of a 16-year-old Fort Meyers football player who collapsed at a June practice and died of a heat stroke, coaches in Lee and Collier school districts are taking extra steps to make sure players are hydrated as temperatures climb into the 90s on the field, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

FULL STEAM AHEAD: Florida State University's research school is celebrating after $7.5 million was granted by the state for a new STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) building, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

SCREENING: After a Miami man was accused of seducing and marrying a Spanish exchange student, then using her to coerce her underage sister into sex acts, Miami-Dade County's superintendent wants to bolster screenings for host families of foreign exchange students, the Miami Herald reports.

PHYSICS: Two high schools in Seminole and Orange counties are at the top of their class when it comes to students taking physics courses, according to rankings by a Florida State University physics professor, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

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