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Florida education news: Hurricane Dorian, House committees, math lessons and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Strong winds from Hurricane Dorian blow the tops of trees and brush while whisking up water from the surface of a canal that leads to the sea, located behind the brush at top, seen from the balcony of a hotel in Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas, Monday, Sept. 2, 2019. Hurricane Dorian hovered over the Bahamas on Monday, pummeling the islands with a fearsome Category 4 assault that forced even rescue crews to take shelter until the onslaught passes. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa) [RAMON ESPINOSA  |  AP]
Strong winds from Hurricane Dorian blow the tops of trees and brush while whisking up water from the surface of a canal that leads to the sea, located behind the brush at top, seen from the balcony of a hotel in Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas, Monday, Sept. 2, 2019. Hurricane Dorian hovered over the Bahamas on Monday, pummeling the islands with a fearsome Category 4 assault that forced even rescue crews to take shelter until the onslaught passes. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa) [RAMON ESPINOSA | AP]
Published Sep. 3, 2019

HURRICANE DORIAN: The savage storm, with wind still above 120 mph, continues to churn off the east coast of Florida. Many school districts, including those in the Tampa Bay area, canceled classes for Tuesday but say they will resume Wednesday as the threat passes. A handful of districts, including Manatee, Sarasota and Lee, choose to reopen Tuesday, offering excused absences to students who can’t make it in. Some schools, such as those in Marion County, close all week, though, as they are called into duty as evacuation shelters.

COMMITTEES: The Florida House cuts one of its education committees for the 2020 session, with leadership saying the debate was getting redundant. The change finds liberal Democrat Rep. Anna Eskamani without an education committee to serve on.

MIDDLE SCHOOL MATH: The Pasco County school district wins a $1 million grant from the Gates Foundation to help better align its math curriculum to state standards.

GLOBAL LEARNING: Pine View Elementary in Land O’Lakes becomes Pasco County’s first International Baccalaureate elementary campus.

REQUIRED INSTRUCTION: The Florida Department of Education continues to accept public comment on a proposed rule to mandate districts report annually on how they are implementing all required lessons, Florida Phoenix reports.

GETTING THERE: A Lee County family worries about putting their daughter back on the school bus after the 6-year-old is let off at the wrong stop and begins wandering down a busy Fort Myers roadway, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

EMERGENCY RESPONSE: Area hospitals join the Okaloosa County school district to provide ‘Stop the Bleed’ kits to campuses, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

BOARDROOM TENSIONS: Lee County School Board members take aim at superintendent Greg Adkins during a debate over how certain documents have landed in the public eye, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

PERSONAL POLITICS: Two Jacksonville city officials launch into personal attacks via email as they argue over Duval County school taxes, Florida Politics reports.

MENTAL HEALTH: Educators call for more school-based help for children contemplating suicide and self-harm, during a south Florida roundtable convened to discuss the issue, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

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