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Clearing out lockers while talk of reopening continues.

A roundup of Florida education news from around the state.
A Brandon High School faculty member directs traffic for parents that are waiting in line to pick up school breakfast and lunches Wednesday, April 15, 2020.
A Brandon High School faculty member directs traffic for parents that are waiting in line to pick up school breakfast and lunches Wednesday, April 15, 2020. [ CHRIS O'MEARA | AP ]
Published Apr. 24, 2020
Updated Apr. 24, 2020

After much hue and cry, the issue of high school graduations appears to have worked itself out in most Florida counties. Next up, cleaning out lockers and classrooms. If kids aren’t coming back this semester, they need to get their things. Districts are working on the details. Read on for that and more Florida education news.

Come and get your stuff. Schools need to find a way to return personal items that students left in school before spring break. One Hillsborough County school used Winn-Dixie paper bags.

Want to talk to the board? Only a limited number of people will be allowed into the Hillsborough School Board’s next meeting, to maintain social distancing.

Reopening Florida won’t be easy. Resuming child care and college training programs will be critical to the process. • The decision to reopen schools is key to getting a community back on track, but doing so can be a tough call because of several factors, Education Week reports.

What’s in a name? There’s a political battle brewing over the possibility of renaming Sligh Middle in Tampa after a WWE wrestler who’s become a school benefactor.

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Thaddeus Bullard, left, and LaJashia Wallace,13, talk after school at Sligh Middle School in Tampa, Florida on Friday, February 21, 2020. Thaddeus Bullard a WWE superstar "Titus O'Neil," also a noted philanthropist and former Florida Gator football player, has made it his life's mission to create a school that would serve an underprivileged community in many ways. Sligh Middle Magnet is the school he has adopted.
Thaddeus Bullard, left, and LaJashia Wallace,13, talk after school at Sligh Middle School in Tampa, Florida on Friday, February 21, 2020. Thaddeus Bullard a WWE superstar "Titus O'Neil," also a noted philanthropist and former Florida Gator football player, has made it his life's mission to create a school that would serve an underprivileged community in many ways. Sligh Middle Magnet is the school he has adopted. [ OCTAVIO JONES | Times ]

How to honor those seniors? Sarasota County high schools are contemplating July ceremonies, and digital tributes, the Charlotte Sun reports. • Citrus County schools plan drive-thru graduations, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.

‘You never thought that would be the last time people would see their friends.’ Lee County seniors talk about their final semester of high school, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

Furloughs and pay cuts. The economic downturn begins to hit Jacksonville University, the Florida Times-Union reports.

‘Life is hard right now.’ Internet access issues cause stress for families trying to work and learn from home, WUFT reports.

Getting hacked doesn’t help. An online intruder took down a Citrus County school district server, cutting off access to some distance learning programs, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.

Summer learning is expected to be critical. But a Sarasota County schools program is on the chopping block because of financial concerns, the Herald-Tribune reports.

School choice, anyone? The Alachua County school district opens its choice application window, for if and when campuses resume operations, the Gainesville Sun reports.

Eight for eight. A Duval County senior is accepted to all the Ivies, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

NIMBY. A new boy’s school is proposed for the Coconut Grove neighborhood of Miami. It’s controversial, the Miami Herald reports.

Don’t know much about history. The latest eighth grade NAEP scores for history and geography aren’t impressing, Education Dive reports.

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Before you go ... It looks hard enough when a professional orchestra puts together one of those social distancing performance videos. Think about how much work had to go into preparing this version of “Amazing Grace” by the Satellite High School wind ensemble in Brevard County. Space Coast Daily reports it took the director three weeks to put together the 32 video and 40 audio tracks. Amazing, indeed.

The Satellite High wind ensemble spent weeks putting together its distance performance of 'Amazing Grace.'
The Satellite High wind ensemble spent weeks putting together its distance performance of 'Amazing Grace.' [ Facebook ]

The answers to yesterday’s emoji puzzle are: 1. Green Eggs and Ham 2. Charlotte’s Web 3. The Very Hungry Caterpillar 4. Goodnight Moon 5. One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish 6. The Cat in the Hat 7. Rainbow Fish 8. Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 9. The Three Little Pigs 10. Alice in Wonderland 11. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 12. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie 13. Goldilocks and the Three Bears 14. The Giving Tree 15. Where the Wild Things Are

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