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Florida education news: On the House floor, new principals, charter schools and more

BRING IT: The Florida House heads for what could be the defining debate of its 2018 session. The topic? HB 7055, the GOP priority education omnibus, of course. Democrats have filed dozens of amendments, and at stake is nothing less than the House's proposed $26.9 billion spending plan. And the Senate has not even weighed in yet. Who could ask for anything more?

TURNAROUNDS: Yielding to state pressure, the Hillsborough County school district replaces principals at four struggling elementary schools — even after the superintendent defended their progress.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: CareerSource, battered and under multiple investigations after a data reporting scandal, applies to open a charter school in Pinellas County.

SCHOOL ZONES: It's rezoning, round two, for Pasco County's west side schools, as the administration prepares to draw new attendance boundaries to take effect in the fall after its first effort foundered in court.

HIGHER ED: A proposal to consolidate operations of USF's three campuses advances in the state House. • A bill to strengthen university students' free speech rights moves ahead in the Senate.

LEADERSHIP: The Palm Beach County School Board expects to look within its own ranks for its next superintendent, the Sun-Sentinel reports.  More from the Palm Beach Post. • A Nassau County high school principal abruptly resigns his post, the Fernandina Beach News Leader reports.

LABOR NEWS: The Duval County School Board approves raises for teachers, the Florida Times-Union reports.

OFFICE SPACE: The Martin County school district continues to seek a new site for its district HQ, TC Palm reports.

ONLINE DANGERS: Police officers teach Bay County school district leaders about cyberbullying, the Panama City News Herald reports.

AFTER THE STORM: The Collier County School Board adds an extra hurricane makeup day to its 2018-19 calendar, the Naples Daily News reports.

NO SHOW: The Seminole County School Board member who promised to attend meetings by phone after missing for nearly a year does not call in for the board's next session, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

TODAY IN TALLAHASSEE: House Education, 9 a.m. (On the agenda are school board term limits, Hope Scholarships and posting of the state motto, among other items) • House floor, 1:30 p.m. (On the agenda are HB 7055 and general appropriations bills) • Senate floor, 10:30 a.m. (On the agenda are general appropriations bills)

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