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Florida education news: Teacher pay, school threats, special education and more

TEACHER PAY: Pasco County's school employees union prepares to make a salary request that exceeds what district officials have said is available. The sides have delayed negotiations two months while awaiting updated financial information. • The Charlotte County school district seeks voter approval to increase its property tax rate so it can better pay teachers, Charlotte Florida Weekly reports.

THREATS: A Pinellas County teen is arrested over social media threats to shoot up Gibbs High School. • A St. Lucie County teen is arrested on allegations he left a threatening phone message saying he'd terrorize a school, TC Palm reports.

NEW SCHOOLS: The Pasco County school district gets investment-grade credit ratings for its planned Certificates of Participation sale, which will pay for two new schools.

AFTER MICHAEL: Franklin County schools announce they will resume classes Oct. 23, the Apalachicola Times reports. • Photos of Bay County schools post-hurricane, from the Panama City News Herald.

SECURITY: The Charlotte County School Board considers updated policies on reporting suspicious activities in schools, the Charlotte Sun reports. • A Sarasota County Boy Scout troop asks superintendent Todd Bowden what can be done to prevent school shootings, the Herald-Tribune reports.

ESCAPING OVERLOAD: A Clay County elementary school introduces a "sensory room" for students with autism to use when lighting and sound overwhelm them, Clay Today reports.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA: The Flagler County school district adopts rules to allow students to use medical marijuana on campus, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

GETTING AHEAD: An Alachua County high school offers a new Cambridge English course that allows students to earn college credit for their work, the Gainesville Sun reports.

SCHOOL CHOICE: A Broward County "micro school" of just 50 students demonstrates a different approach to education than the traditional large district approach, Redefined reports.

IN COURT: A Monroe County jury finds a former school district official was not a whistleblower in a district financial scandal, but was forced to retire early afterward, the Keynoter reports. With sidebar. • A family sues the Orange County school district in relation to their child being beaten and killed in 2016, not at a school, the Orlando Sentinel reports. The suit contends the district created an atmosphere that allowed gangs to grow and operate in schools.

BAD ACTS: A Palm Beach County special education aide is arrested on accusations of physically manhandling a student, the Palm Beach Post reports.

ICYMI: Yesterday's Florida education news roundup

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