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Florida education news: School cemetery, dual enrollment and fresh Florida produce

A roundup of stories from around the state.

LONG FORGOTTEN: A cemetery researcher convinces Hillsborough County school district officials to investigate whether a burial ground for indigent African-Americans is on the campus of King High School in Tampa. The community recently learned of a segregation-era cemetery under a nearby housing complex.

COLLEGE CREDIT: Pasco County’s virtual eSchool prepares to offer its first dual enrollment courses, joining a small number of high school online programs to students who cannot get to college campuses.

FRESH FROM FLORIDA: The Hernando Count school district strives to get more locally grown produce into its cafeterias.

CAMPUS CONSOLIDATION: The University of South Florida’s latest revisions to its consolidation plans has garnered more support than its past efforts.

CHAIRMAN’S BILLS: Senate Education committee chairman Manny Diaz refiles legislation to create a database of non-certified school employee disciplinary actions, Florida Politics reports. Diaz also submits bills to prevent people whose charter schools were shut down from opening another, and to create a state-level ‘high performing’ charter school commission to handle school expansion applications, Florida Politics reports.

SECURITY: The Duval County school districts wins a major grant to help add security measures such as surveillance cameras, lighting and fencing to several campuses, the Florida Times-Union reports.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: The Florida Education Association launches a statewide bus tour to draw attention to its push for improved public education funding, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

STUDENT DISCIPLINE: The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission recommends that schools no longer be allowed to operate diversion programs as alternatives to arrest for minor offenses, the Sun-Sentinel reports. The Broward County school district, whose program came under fire after the deadly Parkland shooting, plans to fight the proposal. More on the commission’s report from WLRN.

A-PLUS MONEY: St. Johns County schools see an increase in state recognition funds, the St. Augustine Record reports.

CLIMATE STUDY: Six rural Florida school districts receive federal grants to improve school climate and reduce inequities in student discipline and academic performance, the Panama City News Herald reports.

COMMUNITY SUPPORT: Nine organizations provide services to Tallahassee’s first community school, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

OUSTED: A Brevard County Christian school’s music teacher says she was removed from her job because she is gay, Florida Today reports. The school, which participates in the state’s voucher and tax credit scholarship programs, did not respond to Florida Today’s requests for comment.

SUPERINTENDENT SELECTION: The debate goes on over whether to convert the Duval County school superintendent position to an elected job, Florida Politics reports. • The Escambia County school district plans five forums to let residents offer ideas about what they want to see in their next superintendent, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

TEACHER DISCIPLINE: Florida education commissioner Richard Corcoran orders the immediate suspension of a Gadsden County teacher who went to school high on illegal drugs, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

TODAY: Florida Standards Review listening session, 5:30 p.m., Liberty Pines Academy, 10901 Russell Sampson Road, St. Johns

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