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Getting special education needs met remotely isn’t always easy

A roundup of Florida education news from around the state.

There’s been much talk about whether students can get all their needs met in the online environment of distance learning. In some cases, it’s difficult but doable. In others, it has not worked out so well. Yet when parents seek some extra help for their children, it hasn’t always been easy to get. Read on for that and more Florida education news.

Therapy for students’ special needs is tough enough in person. This 7-year-old is making a go of it remotely.

What’s in a grade? The Pasco County school district adopts new rules to account for all those cancelled exams.

Not feeling comfortable sending your kids back to school in the fall? The Bay County school district will offer in-person and online class options, WMBB reports. • Orange County parents are divided on the subject, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

South Florida colleges say they’ll be ready. Lots of screening and testing will be involved, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

Schools could face an economic meltdown amid this pandemic. Experts say it is shaping up to be worse than the Great Recession, NPR reports.

Third grade teacher Genevieve Beaumier, center, helps Venicia Joanis and Tobias Watkins with their reading skills at Forest Hill Elementary School in Tampa. This year, third grade promotion is left more to teacher discretion as the state has canceled its spring testing. [ OCTAVIO JONES | Times ]

Gov. Ron DeSantis said parents could retain their kids if they want. A Manatee County family finds it’s not quite that simple, the Bradenton Herald reports.

Online prekindergarten might not be the best approach to early learning. But experts say it’s better than nothing, the Herald-Tribune reports.

Food pantries are bracing for the impact. Escambia County schools are ending their free meal distribution as the school year ends, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

This graduation lasted 13 hours. Each of the Orlando school’s 120 seniors got their own time on stage with the principal, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

No practicing means no practicing. Now Miami Northwestern Senior High’s celebrated football coach is suspended for violating the rule, WPLG reports.

These kids thought they were just picking up items left in their lockers. They got free bikes, too, WFTV reports.

On the campaign trail. A Manatee County School Board incumbent faces a challenge from one of the district’s most vocal critics, the Herald-Tribune reports.

Before you go ... The seniors in Plant High School’s drum line didn’t let a little social distancing or the cancellation of graduation get in the way of a final neighborhood performance. In gowns and leis, of course.

To keep up on the latest stories from around Florida, visit the Tampa Bay Times Gradebook. Join our daily Facebook conversation to share your views. And be sure to share this roundup with your friends and colleagues. Know someone who might want to sign up for the Gradebook newsletter? Share this link. We want to hear your remote learning survival stories. Send an e-mail to jsolochek@tampabay.com. - Jeff

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