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Florida education news: Fire recovery, Irma's aftermath, Schools of Hope and more

AFTER THE FIRE: Lee Elementary School, with all its history and controversy, prepares to relocate to nearby Lockhart Elementary after being engulfed in flames as power returned following Hurricane Irma.

HARD AT WORK: Florida's public schools showcase the service of their employees as responders to Hurricane Irma. • A counselor with experience after Hurricanes Rita and Katrina offers Florida teachers advice on how to approach their first days back in class after Irma (podcast).

WAITING FOR SCHOOL: With school out through the end of the week, parents look for ways to keep their children occupied. Some ideas. • Restoring power is the No. 1 concern for Florida schools as they work to get back online, Education Week reports. More from Florida Today, FlaglerLive.com, Lehigh Acres Citizen, Naples Daily News, Florida Times-Union, Palm Beach Post, Daytona Beach News-Journal 

EXTRAS: Bucking trends that have seen arts on the decline, Pasco County's Mitchell High and Seven Springs Middle create orchestra programs for students. • Hernando County's Spring Hill Elementary adds theater and robotics to its offerings.

SCHOOLS OF HOPE: The Florida Board of Education delays its decision on which schools will receive $2,000 per student to help their turnaround efforts, the Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau reports.

STUDENT FUNDING: The Florida Board of Education is asking to increase per-student funding by $200 in 2018-19, the News Service of Florida reports.

BAD ACTS: Three Okaloosa County educators are arrested in connection with a school-related child abuse investigation, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

ENROLLMENT: Gulf County schools begin to see student numbers rise, the Port St. Joe Star reports.

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