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More voices chime in on back to school planning

A roundup of Florida education news from around the state.

A growing number of voices continues to offer ideas about what’s needed to reopen schools in August (or whatever date everyone selects). The Florida Education Association, which lamented a lack of diversity in the state’s planning process, is the latest to chime in. Read on for that and more Florida education news.

Take temperatures. Cancel exams. Provide equity. These are just some of the recommendations the Florida Education Association offered for public schools to reopen in the fall. Union leaders say they hope their plan generates discussions statewide. • Leon County superintendent Rocky Hanna withdrew from the FEA task force shortly after the suggestions came out, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. • Several districts continue to explore reopening ideas, but details remain scarce, the Herald-Tribune reports.

He challenged the boss. Now a Pasco County principal seeking the superintendent’s job has been demoted.

‘Stand up to injustice.’ The presidents of the University of South Florida and St. Petersburg College weigh in on the killing of George Floyd and the protests that followed.

A group of peaceful protesters gather at Curtis Hixon Park to demand justice for George Floyd and other victims police brutality on Sunday, May 31, 2020, in downtown Tampa. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]

Testing concerns impact teens’ college plans. St. Johns County teens worry they don’t have time to earn test scores to qualify for a Bright Futures scholarship, the St. Augustine Record reports. • Complicating matters, the College Board has withdrawn its plan for an at-home SAT, the Washington Post reports.

This race could be interesting. Incumbent Manatee County School Board member Dave Miner gets his fourth challenger, the Bradenton Herald reports.

Uncertainty reigns. Lee County school district leaders have questions about how the budget will affect the coming academic year, the Naples Daily News reports. They anticipate cuts. • The St. Johns County district chief finance officer says while his district might endure short term revenue woes, long term funding could be a real problem, WJXT reports.

A computer won’t watch your child. Parents are returning to work this summer. Many worry about the safety of school, camp and care programs for their youngsters, the Miami Herald reports.

Whither public education? The state and nation’s school system shrank dramatically this spring as many services went unprovided this spring, Reuters reports.

Mentoring matters. The Brevard County school district seeks volunteers for the Take Stock in Children program, Florida Today reports.

They’re a resilient bunch. Top south Florida graduates talk about how they find success in times of chaos and concern, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

The field shrinks. An advisory committee narrows the choices for Sarasota County’s next superintendent, the Herald-Tribune reports. Some familiar names are on the list.

Missed a story? You can always revisit yesterday’s roundup.

Before you go ... There are plenty of graduation stories going around. How about an inspiring one? Martin Folsom made it through COVID-19 and everything else, despite being homeless, and earned valedictorian honors to boot. WJAX shares.

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. What are your plans for summer and fall schooling? Send an e-mail to jsolochek@tampabay.com. - Jeff

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