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The families came for the school meals. They got a little something extra.

A roundup of Florida education news from around the state.

The pamphlets offered insights on how to deal with Covid-19, such as hand washing instructions and social distancing guidelines. They also included links to the Church of Scientology. Some recipients weren’t too thrilled. Read on for that and more Florida education news.

The offer to help distribute free meals to needy families was much appreciated. The Church of Scientology pamphlets tucked into the bags, not so much.

Will teacher raises survive Florida’s budget woes? The $500 million allocation could be on the chopping block as revenue disappears. • Some teachers fear layoffs are coming, WTSP reports.

There’s a new guy in charge. And Hillsborough schools superintendent Addison Davis wants to reorganize his administration. He says he can save $7.5 million.

Does Florida’s school year need a tweak? The Florida Board of Education will hear reports on the issue during its 9 a.m. meeting today. Board members might have some ideas as the school year nears its scheduled end, Florida Phoenix reports.

Testing is key to reopening. Federal health officials say it will help ensure confidence in sending kids back, Education Week reports.

Riverview High students show their best moves during prom at the Regent. It’s one of two schools that held their proms there.

Prom is still canceled. Some Duval County teens are improvising, the Florida Times-Union reports.

Summer school continues to shape up as a (mostly) online event. The Martin County school district has canceled its camps, while moving its classes to the internet, TC Palm reports. • Volusia County schools have scheduled virtual courses for June, but plan to offer some programs on campus by July, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

Some teachers worry their students are falling behind. They say Google Classroom is a pale imitation of a real one, WINK reports.

At least some schools are trying to bridge the gap. Broward County educators work to ensure their students are participating daily and getting the help they need, Reuters reports.

Let the job search begin. Fresh from college, newly minted graduates are finding their opportunities limited, Gannett Florida reports.

High schoolers began AP testing this week. Some students have struggled with the new at-home model, WTVJ reports.

Look for the union label. Relationships between teacher associations and school districts take a different turn as the sides navigate issues related to the Covid-19 closures, Education Dive reports.

Time to go. Heidi Maier reaches a deal for an early exit from her post as Marion County’s last elected superintendent, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

Another tax battle is shaping up. This time, it’s the Indian River County Commission that has picked a different date for the school district’s sales tax referendum than school officials want, TC Palm reports.

There’s always room for a lawsuit. A former student sues the Leon County school district seeking compensation for emotional trauma caused by the sexual battery by an employee, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

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

Before you go ... Teacher Appreciation Week lives on in the signs that keep popping up. I saw this one in the front yard of a home I passed by, and wanted to share.

Students placed this sign in front of their Hillsborough County teacher's home in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week 2020. [ JEFFREY S. SOLOCHEK | Times ]

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