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Will SAT test changes help seniors earn a Bright Futures scholarship?

A roundup of Florida education news from around the state.

High school students around the state and nation will begin taking AP tests at home next month. Will the SAT be close behind? And if so, what good is that for Florida seniors who want a score now to help them with Bright Futures? Read on for that and more Florida education news.

Coronavirus has canceled SAT tests for nearly 1 million teens. The College Board has plans to get the exams done, even if it means offering them in students’ homes. The ACT is contemplating a similar move.

Sure, things are tough. But really? Some Hillsborough County families are taking more than their share from the school free meal distribution, and then selling it.

There’s always time to talk. The Pasco County School Board will switch to all-telephonic meetings during the coronavirus emergency. The public still will have time to comment.

Remember that digital divide? More than 40 Miami-Dade County schools had a quarter of their students (or more) not log in one time for distance learning last week, WLRN reports.

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Classrooms are empty as students take classes from home. A growing number of people are saying it should stay that way for a while. [LUIS SANTANA | TIMES | Tampa Bay Times]

Keep them closed. Leon County superintendent Rocky Hanna joins a growing number of leaders asking the state not to say it’s okay to reopen schools yet, WTXL reports. • An early return would be “imprudent,” Miami-Dade superintendent Alberto Carvalho says, as the Miami Herald reports. • Flagler County teachers agree, Flagler Today reports. • Even some medical groups have started weighing in, the News Service of Florida reports. • Gov. DeSantis says a task force will help make a decision, Capitol News Service reports.

Closures = savings. Citrus County schools are taking all the money left unspent because of cancellations and setting it aside for anticipated future needs, the Citrus County Chronicle reports. • The Monroe County School Board begins planning its budget expecting less revenue, the Key West Citizen reports.

These kids are livin’ on a prayer. Guess which rock star logged in to a Palm Beach County kindergarten teacher’s class, as the Palm Beach Post reports.

Staying home is stressful for some. South Florida schools are focusing on students’ mental health needs, too, WTVJ reports.

Taxing times. Brevard County school district officials hope the economic downturn doesn’t hurt their sales tax renewal referendum, Florida Today reports. • The Indian River County School Board is preparing to ask voters to reauthorize a tax to help pay teacher salaries and enhance technology offerings, TC Palm reports.

There’s nothing that says business as usual as much as job changes. The Manatee County school district has plenty of administrative moves, the Bradenton Herald reports. • More than 100 Volusia County teachers are told they’ll be reassigned, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

And construction projects. Wellington High in Palm Beach County wins approval for a $12 million sports complex, the Palm Beach Post reports.

Charter chaos continues. A group proposing to take over a troubled Manatee County charter school runs into problems, as people listed as being on the advisory board deny it, the Bradenton Herald reports.

Making gains. The Marion County school district wants Evergreen Elementary removed from the state’s turnaround school list, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

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

Before you go ... The P.E. teacher at Pasco County’s Trinity Oaks Elementary School made such a splash with a home video of him dancing with his own kids that the school district asked him to start making fitness motivation videos for all its students. The first one came out this week, and new ones are scheduled to run Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Maybe he’ll inspire you to move, too.

Distance Learning Fitness Motivator- Curtis Austin Poll

Stay Healthy, Stay Active, Stay Fit on Wednesday at 10 a.m. on Facebook Live with our very own Distance Learning Fitness Motivator, Curtis Austin Poll. It should be a lot of fun!

Posted by Pasco County Schools on Tuesday, April 14, 2020

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