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Florida education news: Armed guards, school grades and teacher pay

A roundup of stories from around the state.

ARMED GUARDS: Florida lawmakers ask the state Department of Education to detail how many classroom teachers have volunteered to participate as armed school guardians. So far, 11 districts allow the practice, but the state has not tracked that aspect of implementation. • A Broward County charter school fights its takeover by the school district over its failure to hire a full-time armed guard, the News Service of Florida reports.

SCHOOL GRADES: School districts receive word on their appeals of individual school state grades. Pasco County has three approved and one rejected.

PAY RATES: Florida education commissioner Richard Corcoran is the highest paid statewide official, the News Service of Florida reports.

REQUIRED INSTRUCTION: A Democratic state senator proposes legislation to require schools teach students about cancer awareness, Florida Politics reports.

ON VIDEO: Southwest Florida parents raise questions about who can make video recordings in their schools after learning of a controversy in Pasco County, WZVN reports.

TAX BATTLE: A group of Duval County parents sues the Jacksonville City Council over its refusal to allow the Duval School Board to hold a sales tax referendum in a November special election, the Florida Times-Union reports.

GETTING IN: Orange County high school seniors applying to colleges struggle to get their transcripts as the district changes student data systems, WKMG reports.

IN THE SUNSHINE: The State Attorney’s Office rejects an accusation by the Marion County superintendent that her School Board met in private, violating the state open meetings law, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

TEACHER PAY: Brevard County teachers make new salary demands of the district as they return to the bargaining table, Florida Today reports.

MAKEUP DAYS: Lake County students will not need to make up time missed because of Hurricane Dorian, the Daily Commercial reports.

CLASSROOM CUTS: Marion County School Board members fret that the district is reducing the number of teacher aides in the primary grades, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

BELL SCHEDULES: The Orange County school district offers three options for changing start times to allow high school to begin later daily, and will seek public input, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

TODAY: House Education Committee, 10:30 a.m. On the agenda: A review of early education programs.

ICYMI: Yesterday’s Florida education news roundup