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E-learning is many parents' school choice. Will Florida leave it in place?

A roundup of Florida education news from around the state.

After a tense summer trying to figure out what school would look like in the fall, many Floridians are growing anxious in anticipation of what the Department of Education has in store for them in the spring. State officials have said they’ll make an announcement in mid-November, providing plenty of time for parents and others to let Tallahassee know how they feel. Some are using leaders' language of school choice to make clear they don’t want their options taken away. Read on for that and the rest of today’s Florida education news.

Will e-learning remain in second semester? The state superintendents association has recommended leaving it intact. So has a medical advisory committee working with the Orange County school district, WKMG reports. Commissioner Richard Corcoran asked for advice in October, when he also said in-person classes are better, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Some children are staying home at higher rates than others. In central Florida, it’s lower-income minority students, whose families are more fearful of COVID-19, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Perhaps set-ups like this one will influence the state’s decision. The Marion County school district has required e-learning students with core-course grades less than C to return to face-to-face classes, WKMG reports. It’s in an agreement parents signed.

Meanwhile, schools and colleges are also encouraging students to come back to campus. St. Johns River State College plans to increase its in-person offerings in the spring, the St. Augustine Record reports. • University of Florida faculty are fighting their school’s push to fully reopen in the spring, the Gainesville Sun reports.

And districts are looking for ways to improve their online offerings. Duval County officials have targeted five key areas to adjust, WJXT reports.

With elections over, attention can now turn to which of the winners will lead state policy debate in the Legislature. Incoming House Speaker Chris Sprowls announced his leadership team on Thursday, Florida Politics reports.

What’s in a name? One of Brevard County’s biggest high schools is considering a petition to rename itself after a prominent Hispanic astronaut, Florida Today reports.

A job applicant accused the Taylor County school district of racial discrimination. The district has hired a law firm to help review its hiring practices amid concerns of “systemic racial issues,” WCTV reports.

It’s about saving lives. Flagler County school resource officers get trained in tactical medical response, Flagler Live reports.

Let us pray. A Jacksonville-based group went to Tallahassee to register so it can collect petitions seeking to put prayer back in public schools, WTXL reports.

With revenue comes priorities. Clay County school district officials began revealing which projects will come first after voters approved a new sales tax, WJXT reports.

R.I.P. A Hillsborough County high school teacher has died of coronavirus.

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