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Florida education news: Recess, turnaround schools, math tests and more



PLAY TIME: Florida parents won a hard fought battle this past spring to secure 20 minutes of daily recess for their children in district elementary schools. Now one district, claiming the mandate cuts into instructional time, is seeking to eliminate a state requirement that schools also provide 30 minutes of daily physical education. The Florida School Boards Association will consider Thursday whether to include the proposal in its 2018 legislative platform.

TURNAROUNDS: A plan to convert Pasco County's Ridgewood High into a magnet technical school is coming under increased scrutiny by School Board members as parents raise concerns and questions. • The Duval County school district prepares turnaround plans for three struggling schools, the Florida Times-Union reports.

MATH TESTS: Florida high school students face different treatment over their Algebra II end-of-course exam results after lawmakers delete the test as a state requirement, TC Palm reports.

ENGLISH ONLY: Florida is among several states seeking an exemption from federal rules that mandate offering state assessments in multiple languages, Education Week reports.

SCHOOL BELLS: Collier County school district officials say it would be difficult for them to adopt later start times for high schools, the Naples Daily News reports.

TAX CREDIT SCHOLARSHIPS: Some state lawmakers call for increased regulations over private schools that accept state-funded tax credit scholarships, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

ACCUSED: An Okaloosa County resident files a formal complaint against the school district's spokesman, claiming he was harassed on Facebook, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

TEACHER PAY: Florida Gov. Rick Scott says he can't control how much money teachers get paid, the Associated Press reports. Scott then calls for more money to help teachers purchase classroom supplies.

AFTER THE STORM: Collier County superintendent Kamala Patton asks lawmakers for financial help to recover from Hurricane Irma, the Naples Daily News reports.

GO TO SCHOOL: A Bay County middle school aims to decrease student absenteeism, the Panama City News Herald reports.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: An advisory committee recommends approval of two new Polk County charter schools, the Ledger reports. • The Miami-Dade County school district approves a plan to allow KIPP to open in the county, Redefined reports.

BAD ACTS: An Alachua County high school principal is transferred after an investigation finds he harassed students and staff, the Gainesville Sun reports. • Vandals spray paint words of hate on Sarasota County's Venice High hours before its Unity Day celebration, the Herald-Tribune reports. • A former Leon County schools maintenance worker is arrested on allegations he stole district lawmowers, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

[Last modified: Thursday, October 26, 2017 5:47am]


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