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Florida education news: Reading lessons, school names, threats and more

READING LESSONS: Former Buccaneers coach Tony Dungy visits Hillsborough County elementary schools to encourage second graders to read.

NEW NAME: The Pasco County school district seeks recommendations to rename Ridgewood High, which is being converted to a new technical high school.

THREATS: Two Pinellas County schools were evacuated amid a hoax bomb threat.

INVESTIGATIONS: The Okaloosa County School Board will hold a hearing on a 2016 child abuse investigation, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

TEXTBOOKS: Rep. Byron Donalds files legislation to expand public input into school district textbook selection, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

DIVERSITY: Gov. Scott's recent appointment to the Escambia County School Board means the board is without a black member for the first time in three decades, the Pulse reports.

ON TRACK: The St. Johns County school district contracts a new service to monitor graduates' successes as they progress after high school, the St. Augustine Record reports.

TURNAROUNDS: A Duval County elementary school that quickly moved from a D to an A in state grading offers an example to other struggling schools, the Florida Times-Union reports.

IN THE WAY: Students at a Palm Beach County high school interrupted efforts to break up a fight by trying to video record it, the Palm Beach Post reports.

SCHOOL SAFETY: Some of Leon County's most disadvantaged schools have high concentrations of sex offenders living in their neighborhoods, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: House Speaker Richard Corcoran presents his Schools of Hope idea to a national audience, Redefined reports.

REZONING: The Palm Beach County School Board prepares to reassign hundreds of students after closing a local middle school, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

TODAY IN TALLAHASSEE: Florida Senate Education, 4 p.m.

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