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Florida education news: Teacher shortage, school board campaigns, campus security and more

TEACHER SHORTAGE: Florida Board of Education members acknowledge the state's ability to fill its teaching jobs is worsening, and say they want to find solutions. Two Democrats running for governor tell local teachers that they'd work to improve salaries to help the situation.

CAMPAIGN TRAIL: Some Hillsborough County teachers complain about receiving School Board candidate campaign emails in their district accounts.

SECURITY: Many south Florida schools lock their entrances and fence their perimeters to keep intruders out, the Sun-Sentinel reports. • Miami-Dade County schools make last-minute arrangements to place armed guards at every campus, the Miami Herald reports. • Manatee County school guards complete training and will report to work Monday, the Bradenton Herald reports. • A longtime Broward County security guard is arrested on the first day of school with a gun in his vehicle, the Miami Herald reports. • Incoming state Senate president Bill Galvano wants to revisit school security law in the next legislative session, the News Service of Florida reports.

SICK DAYS: Teachers at a Palm Beach County school donate sick time to an ailing colleague so he can get his needed chemotherapy, the AP reports.

TAXES: Martin County teachers would see raises if voters approve a property tax rate increase, TC Palm reports.

LABOR NEWS: Volusia County teacher contract negotiations inch closer to resolution, but disagreements over pay remain, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: The Palm Beach County School Board decides to again appeal a state ruling that would force it to approve charter school applications it has not accepted, the Palm Beach Post reports.

CLEARED: Prosecutors find no crime in the handling of a virtual school vendor's attempt to collect $1.8 million from the Polk County school district, the Ledger reports.

LUNCH MONEY: A Volusia County high school student is denied cafeteria lunch after coming up 15 cents short, WKMG reports.

TODAY: Second Judicial Circuit Court Hearing: League of Women Voters v. Ken Detzner, 9:30 a.m., The Florida Channel 

ICYMI: Yesterday's Florida education news roundup

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