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Florida education news: Teacher dismissal, school funding, student testing and more

TEACHER DISMISSAL: Supporters of 47 teachers recently fired from Hernando County's struggling Moton Elementary School demand reconsideration from the School Board. Superintendent Lori Romano explains her action, and though board members sound sympathetic to the teachers' plight, they don't move to undo it.

EVALUATION TIME: Hillsborough County superintendent Jeff Eakins gets a mixed review from his School Board members. Several praise his work to improve district finances.

UNDER REVIEW: A Pasco County school resource officer being investigated after he tried to arrest a student who administrators asked to be removed from the cafeteria.

TESTING: Some students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High find themselves facing high-stakes state tests even after lawmakers moved to exempt them for the year, the Miami Herald reports.

TAXES: The Okaloosa County School Board decides not to ask voters for a sales tax increase, saying it needs to do more to win back the public's trust, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports. • The Bay County School Board advances its plan to renew a local sales tax for schools, the Panama City News Herald reports. • The Clay County School Board will ask voters to increase property taxes to cover the rising cost of school security, the Florida Times-Union reports.

NO JOKE: Volusia County's sheriff takes a zero tolerance approach to students who make social media threats against schools, Fox News reports.

ACCOUNTABILITY: Florida and California resubmit their federal Every Student Succeeds Act plans, Education Week reports.

DRESS CODE: ACLU Florida officials seek to meet with Manatee County school district leaders over the recent treatment of a girl who attended school without a bra, the Bradenton Herald reports.

BUDGETS: Martin County school district leaders consider cutting art, music and after-school programs, as well as eliminating jobs, to save millions, TC Palm reports.

SECURITY: The Marion County School Board approves $224,000 to place resource officers in all elementary and charter schools through the end of the school year, the Ocala Star-Banner reports. • The Polk County School Board approves a plan to add armed "safety specialists" to its schools, the Ledger reports. • Manatee County government leaders raise concerns about their ability to help fund school security, the Herald-Tribune reports.

TURNAROUNDS: The Bay County School Board votes to close down a struggling elementary school if its state grade does not improve this spring, the Panama City News Herald reports.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: The Leon County School Board rejects two controversial charter school proposals, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

FAKE NEWS: The Broward County school district will take a more aggressive approach to debunking false stories about the schools, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

RACIST PROM-POSAL: A Sarasota County teen whose racially insensitive prom proposal went viral in social media apologizes publicly and says he won't participate in any more school events, the Herald-Tribune reports.

BAD ACTS: A Santa Rosa County teacher is accused of kicking a student with autism, the Pensacola News Journal reports. • A Sarasota County teacher is arrested on a child pornography charge, the Herald-Tribune reports.

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