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Voucher bill signed, more to come, DeSantis says

A roundup of Florida education news from around the state.

Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Legislature could have stopped after 2019, when they established a taxpayer funded school voucher program for 18,000 students. Instead, they doubled down in 2020, pushing to expand the number of vouchers and make it easier to qualify. Read on for that and more Florida education news.  

With just days remaining to sign the legislation, DeSantis came to Tampa to make it official. Then he promised more for education choice. 

A few days earlier, the governor approved a bill requiring schools to teach about the Ocoee Election Day Massacre of 1920. Here’s why that’s important

Some Pinellas County teens have pressed their district to bring more lessons like Ocoee to their schools, and to “decolonialize” the curriculum. District officials have agreed to study the issues

Graduation day is almost here. Two Pinellas County high schools change the times for their in-person ceremonies to account for traffic.

FILE- In this June 21, 2019 file photo, descendants of July Perry along with local elected officials and residents attend a ceremony unveiling a historical marker in Orlando, Fla. Perry was lynched by a white mob after helping a friend trying to vote. After Perry was lynched, the mob laid siege to the black section of Ocoee, Fla., killing dozens. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File) [JOHN RAOUX | AP]

Schools continue to craft reopening plans. Manatee County officials recommend in-person classes for elementary children, and a ‘hybrid’ model for older grades, the Bradenton Herald reports. • St. Johns County district leaders tell parents to be flexible, the Florida Times-Union reports. • Seminole County administrators are working out their details, the Orlando Sentinel reports. 

Volusia County said it would hold traditional classes for everyone. A new parent survey indicates many parents aren’t so comfortable with that idea, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. 

Masks? Or not? Palm Beach County mandated masks in public places countywide. The order doesn’t affect students — at least not yet, the Palm Beach Post reports. • Leon County’s school reopening task force heads toward requiring students to wear face coverings, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. 

How will school districts use their CARES Act funds? The U.S. Department of Education issues a rule with two options, NPR reports. One includes sharing with private schools. 

Feedback to the state’s teacher pay plan keeps coming. Veteran educators remain unhappy, the Ocala Star-Banner reports. 

Theft, nepotism and bullying. That’s some of the backstory to a popular Flagler County principal’s resignation, Flagler Live reports. 

The Polk County school district planned a special meeting to talk about the superintendent’s exit. COVID-19 canceled the event, the Ledger reports. 

Miss a story? You can always take another look at yesterday’s roundup

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