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Is school reopening coming soon? Florida’s Phase 2 appears near.

A roundup of Florida education news from around the state.

School leaders have made clear that they still don’t know what reopening campuses will look like, or how much it will cost. Yet the state government appears ready to take steps closer to making it a reality. Keep your eyes on The Florida Channel around 10:30 a.m. Read on for that and more Florida education news.

Is Phase 2 coming? The hints are out there that an announcement might come today. If so, it could pave the way for schools to reopen, Florida Politics reports. As that day approaches, more recommendations emerge, the Associated Press reports.

Have you answered the state’s survey on school reopening yet? You can find it here.

Making his mark. New Hillsborough County schools superintendent Addison Davis names the team who will help lead the nation’s seventh largest school system. Maybe you’ll recognize a few of them.

They’ve got their work cut out for them. An annual employee climate survey indicates some Hillsborough schools — particularly high schools — have critical problems.

Mandy Minor works with her 8-year-old daughter, Clara, on schoolwork at home. Clara suffers from learning and developmental delays due to DiGeorge Syndrome. [Courtesy of Alastair St. Hill]

Children with disabilities have special educational needs. Their parents often struggle to provide everything that schools offer, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

Needs improvement. Polk County’s special education system gets mediocre marks from an outside analyst, the Ledger reports.

School closures impact students’ mental health. Some experts say these needs must be balanced with the desire to not spread Covid-19, NPR reports.

While other tests are canceled, AP rolls on. Students wanted it that way, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

How should schools grade students during distance learning? Some districts have guaranteed grades won’t drop below third quarter performance, when everyone was still learning in person, WJXT reports.

Schools are still hiring for the fall. In Escambia County, the process is all online, WEAR reports.

Worth a closer look. An audit committee says the Broward County school district needs to scrutinize five years’ worth of technology purchases after some questionable deals, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

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

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