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Florida education news: Gifted education, turnarounds, superintendents and more

GIFTED EDUCATION: In Pinellas County schools, as elsewhere, most children in gifted programs are disproportionately white and wealthier. To broaden the diversity, the Pinellas district has begun testing all second graders to determine whether they qualify for gifted services.

TURNAROUNDS: Seven struggling Hillsborough County schools will partner with an outside consultant on improvement planning. • The Polk County school district grapples with new law requiring additional improvement plans for six schools, the Ledger reports.

LEADERSHIP: A Constitution Revision Commission member proposes ending Florida's practice of electing school superintendents.

SOCIAL MEDIA: A 13-year-old Pasco County student is arrested on accusations she used social media to threaten three local schools. • A parent's inaccurate claims about a Palm Beach County charter school go viral, causing major headaches for the school, the Palm Beach Post reports. 

TEACHER TESTING: A Florida administrative judge rules against teacher claims that the state's certification exams are flawed, ABC Action News reports.

DRESS CODES: Girls at a Collier County high school petition against the district's dress code, which they say is sexist because it blames girls for boys' reactions, the Naples Daily News reports.

READING LESSONS: Florida's extra hour of reading instruction for low performing elementary schools appears to be paying off, the Florida Times-Union reports.

GETTING READY: Some Alachua County students participate in a program teaching them skills to succeed after high school graduation, the Gainesville Sun reports.

COMMUNICATIONS: The Okaloosa County school district's director of community affairs says he isn't the district spokesman, after criticism of his responses to a local resident, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: An application for a new Sarasota County charter school comes under heavy scrutiny by the School Board, the Herald-Tribune reports.

LOOK IT UP: Lee County third graders receive free dictionaries from the local Rotary Club, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

TEACHER HOUSING: Monroe County's superintendent says the school district is not ready to jump right in to a plan to provide affordable teacher housing, the Keynoter reports.

IN THE CLASSROOM: A Volusia County teacher never planned to become one, until his wife submitted an application for him, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

BLAME GAME: Other states do not allow school districts to blame the victims of sexual abuse in schools as a legal tactic, unlike Florida, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

LABOR NEWS: The Bay County School Board approves new contracts for teachers, the Panama City News Herald reports.

BAD ACTS: A Nassau County school resource officer resigns two positions amid an investigation into credit card misuse as treasurer of the Florida School Resource Officers Association, the Florida Times-Union reports. • A Miami-Dade elementary school principal is transferred after a DUI arrest, NBC Miami reports. • An Osceola County teacher is put on probation over accusations she harassed teachers at a different school, WFTV reports.

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