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A roundup of Florida education news from around the state.
Carlos Molina does a reading lesson on his computer in the Summer Bridge program at Blanton Elementary School in St. Petersburg Thursday, July 2, 2015. School and university leaders are now saying summer learning will likely take place from a distance in 2020.
Carlos Molina does a reading lesson on his computer in the Summer Bridge program at Blanton Elementary School in St. Petersburg Thursday, July 2, 2015. School and university leaders are now saying summer learning will likely take place from a distance in 2020. [ Times (2015) ]
Published Apr. 7, 2020

Everyone is trying to remain optimistic that COVID-19 will soon become a thing of the past. But for now, at least, it’s having an impact on almost everything we do, including education. The universities are among the first to say they don’t expect things to be back to normal soon. Read on for that and more Florida education news.

Enjoy the summer semester at home. UF and USF plan to offer all courses remotely. • Hillsborough schools superintendent Addison Davis anticipates kids taking classes from home through summer, too, WUSF reports.

So let the departed college students out of their leases already. They’re petitioning for relief from their landlords, who aren’t being cooperative.

Still too young for college? Florida Prepaid is deferring plan payments and waiving application fees.

Where will these kids go to school next fall? The Pasco County School Board will have a public hearing to decide where to send thousands of elementary kids. If the schools are reopened by then. Because of social distancing, the session will take place by phone.

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Seniors around the state are still hoping to have graduation ceremonies this year.
Seniors around the state are still hoping to have graduation ceremonies this year. [ Times (2006) ]

There’s still hope. Seminole County high school seniors could have their celebrations in June, if the pandemic is lifted, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

What if nobody comes? Distance learning log-ins are not as high as expected in Lee County, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. In Bay County, log-ins dropped to 76 percent from a high of 90 percent, the Panama City News Herald reports.

So AP exams are open book now. But that won’t make them easy, College Board officials say, as Florida Phoenix reports.

Business must go on. The Putnam County School Board will hold its first virtual meeting, the Palatka Daily News reports.

But sometimes it can’t. The stay home order forces Nassau County schools to end a portion of its free meal delivery service, the Florida Times-Union reports.

There’s still some non-virus news. One of Marion County’s three superintendent finalists has dropped out, the Ocala Star-Banner reports. • Four Manatee County high school football coaches are suspended for recruiting violations, the Herald-Tribune reports. • A proposed Duval County schools sales tax referendum takes a step closer to the ballot, Florida Politics reports.

And there’s no shortage of opinions. The pandemic could have a major negative effect on preschoolers, UF education associate professor F. Chris Curran writes in the Ledger. • The education system is rapidly changing, perhaps forever, and that’s not bad, former state senator John Legg writes in Florida Politics.

Did you miss yesterday’s news roundup? Here’s the link.

Before you go ... How about a brain teaser math problem? Answer the question, then watch the video to see if you were right. For a bonus, come up with the formula for solving such problems before they tell you. Then share with your friends. (Did you get it right?)

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