Florida education news: Legislative session, performance pay, new schools, and more

IN SESSION: Florida lawmakers return to Tallahassee for their 2018 session, with several education issues still hot topics for conversation. Among them: vouchers, charter schools and testing.

TEACHER PAY: Two Republican lawmakers call for ending the state requirement that school districts use student test results in evaluating teacher performance, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

CROWDING: The Sarasota County school district makes plans to build a new elementary school to deal with enrollment growth, the Herald-Tribune reports. • The Leon County school district explores new attendance boundaries to deal with school crowding, WFSU reports.

TEACHER DISCIPLINE: The Duval County school district dismisses or suspends several teachers over accusations of inappropriate behavior, the Florida Times-Union reports. • Two Lake County teachers face firing, the Ledger reports.

TAX CREDIT SCHOLARSHIPS: A Florida lawmaker seeks to bar anyone who recently declared bankruptcy from operating a school that receives state tax credit scholarships, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • One central Florida private school says it will likely close without the state voucher money, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

WHY TEACH? Some south Florida educators talk about why they entered the profession, and why they remain, WLRN reports.

WELCOME MAT: Volusia and Flagler county schools work to make Hurricane Maria evacuees feel comfortable, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

LEADERSHIP: Clay County’s newest elementary school gets its first principal, the Florida Times-Union reports.

ON THE BALLOT: The Marion County School Board considers holding two local education referenda in a special election, to avoid a fall ballot crowded with state constitutional amendments, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

FIGHT CLUB: The Franklin County school district and law enforcement seek to stop a growing trend of students using social media to organize campus fights, the Apalachicola Times reports.

TODAY IN TALLAHASSEE: Education Estimating Conference: PreK-12 Enrollment, 11 a.m. Watch on the Florida Channel.

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