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Florida education news: School choices, superintendent resumes and another contract concluded

A roundup of stories from around the state.

IMPROVEMENT PLAN: The Pasco County school district unveils a $250 million initiative aimed at offering families more choices, while also improving the academic options available in several low-income areas. The plan also targets offering additional wraparound services to communities that have needs beyond education. It still calls for closing one school, though, which causes angst in that neighborhood.

RESUMÉ VETTING: Hillsborough County School Board members receive the formal applications of the 51 applicants to become the district’s next superintendent, and quickly get to work sorting through the group.

CONTRACT TALKS: Pasco County teachers reach a tentative deal for 3.25 percent raises.

ON EDUCATION: Florida House PreK-12 Appropriations chairman Chris Latvala talks teacher pay, school security and more with the News Service of Florida. He stresses that the House is not necessarily walking in lockstep with the governor on education.

CLASSROOM THERAPY: A measure to allow registered behavior technicians into Florida classrooms gains traction with the emotional support of a Brevard County parent, Florida Today reports.

TRANSFERRED: The principal of Manatee County’s Palmetto Elementary is moved after an incident that could have caused injury to a student with autism, the Bradenton Herald reports.

BUS ATTACK: Five Hamilton County students are suspended after a video of a violent beating on a school bus goes viral, but parents continue to say there’s more to the story, WCTV reports.

FINAL RUN: Cadets at Marion County’s Military Academy make a final pass through the school’s obstacle course before the charter officially closes for good, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

GETTING STARTED: Expectations run high for Indian River County’s new superintendent as he officially steps into the role, TC Palm reports.

CAMPAIGN TRAIL: Former Miami Dade College president Eduardo Padrón wades into Miami-Dade County School Board politics with his support of a candidate who once worked in his office, WLRN reports. The races are expected to be heated.

CAMPUS RENOVATIONS: Alachua County school district officials seek alternative locations to place students displaced by construction, after their first plan falls flat, the Gainesville Sun reports.

SCHOOL DAYS: The Lake County School Board approves a 2020-21 student calendar that won public support in an online poll, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

ICYMI: Yesterday’s Florida education news roundup