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Florida education news: Start times, diplomas, bonuses and more

START TIMES: Hillsborough County did it. Now some Pinellas County parents are agitating for their high schools to begin classes later each morning. If the district administration doesn't deal with the issue, it could become a hot campaign topic as a majority of School Board seats come up for election in 2018.

CLASS OF 2019: Pasco County officials are looking for a way to let this year's Ridgewood High juniors complete a diploma from Ridgewood even as it converts to a technical school. It's not as straightforward as you might think.

PAY DISPUTE: Huge numbers of Hillsborough teachers keep the pressure on their School Board after the district offers $92 bonuses instead of once-promised $4,000 raises. • Meanwhile, the district announces its teacher of the year finalists.

SURVEY SAYS: The Pinellas County school district plans to contact more than 1,000 families to get input about schools, programs and more.

WANT A LIFT? Some Hillsborough County parents question the district's decision to send a private company's vans to transport their special-needs children.

WHO'S THERE? It might be your local lawmaker, if the Florida Legislature approves a bill to allow its members to visit public schools any time, any day, at his or her pleasure.

DAILY SCHEDULES:  Citrus County high schools abandon block scheduling in favor of a seven-period day, the Citrus County Chronicle reports. • The Brevard County school district prepares to move early-release days from Wednesdays to Fridays, Florida Today reports. • The Broward County school district plans to start the 2018-19 academic year a week earlier than usual, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

LEADERSHIP: The principal of Sarasota County's Riverview High resigns to become Florida deputy chancellor of educator quality, the Observer reports. • An educator and Navy veteran is appointed to the Escambia County School Board, the Pensacola News-Journal reports. • Palm Beach County superintendent Robert Avossa receives a near-perfect performance evaluation, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

HUNGRY KIDS: Bay County schools use the increasingly popular "share tables" for students to place unwanted cafeteria food for others to take, the Panama City News-Herald reports.

STUDENT DISCIPLINE: Duval County's superintendent says public reports about district crime incidents and discipline have been misunderstood, the Florida Times-Union reports.

ELIGIBILITY: A Palm Beach County high school student from England finally wins approval to play on his school's soccer team, the Palm Beach Post reports.

VOUCHERS: Tampa businessman John Kirtley is a key player in Florida's tax-credit scholarship program, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

LABOR NEWS: The Florida Education Association joins with other labor organizations to blast what it considers a union-busting bill in the Legislature, Public News Service reports. More from Capitol News Service.

BAD ACTS: A Marion County principal is suspended for undisclosed reasons, the Ocala Star-Banner reports. • A Sarasota County assistant principal accuses her supervisors of retaliation, the Herald-Tribune reports. • A Broward County teacher is fired amid allegations he had sex with a student, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

TODAY IN TALLAHASSEE: Florida House PreK-12 Innovation, 10:30 a.m. • Florida House PreK-12 Appropriations, 4 p.m.

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