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Florida education news: Hurricane Dorian, turnaround schools, roofing deals and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.

HURRICANE DORIAN: As the devastating storm finally begins to move, with most of Florida outside its cone, schools around the Tampa Bay area and state begin to reopen for classes. District leaders will begin discussing how to answer the question of whether kids will have to make up the missed time. Many parents and school employees expressed support for the decision to stay closed while Dorian threatened, though a few found reason to complain. To those who questioned the closures, Marion County’s sheriff had a simple response: Stop whining, WKMG reports. More from the Ocala Star-Banner, Sun-Sentinel, Florida Times-Union.

TURNAROUNDS: The Florida Department of Education proposes new rules to give the state more control over the operations of schools working under approved turnaround plans. One change would require a district to get state permission to change principals at a turnaround school.

BID RIGGING: A former Pasco County purchasing director resigns under pressure amid investigations and lawsuits into allegations that she had an intimate relationship with a prominent local roofer and helped him win district work. No criminal charges have been filed.

MORE REQUIRED INSTRUCTION: Two Florida lawmakers revive legislation to require schools teach students about human trafficking, Florida Politics reports.

EXTRA SUPPORT: The Citrus County Education Foundation builds its donor base to offer greater help to local schools, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.

RETIREMENT BENEFITS: Having beaten back charges against her, former Okaloosa County superintendent Mary Beth Jackson begins receiving her state retirement benefits, Florida Phoenix reports.

SPEAKING OUT: The Sarasota County school district employee who has accused a top administrator of sexual harassment brings her complaint directly to the School Board, the Herald-Tribune reports.

ICYMI: Yesterday’s Florida education news roundup