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Tampa_Bay_TimesTampa Bay Times: Is Duval over-suspending black students? The district doesn’t know, and finding out will take five weeks and cost $3,000

A job like that requires attention to detail and a good grasp of how things like race and poverty can affect how students get an education. And it would have taught Vitti that inequities in how discipline is handed out can be one major barrier to learning in low-performing schools.


florida-public-employees-lee-school-board-micromanageNews-Press:  School board members should not micromanage

The school board should not micromanage this situation. This school board voted unanimously to give the current superintendent a two-year contract and to act as the district’s CEO to improve the system.


florida-public-employees-Polk-Schools-uniformsWFLA:  Polk school uniforms pricey for some public school parents

Some Polk County parents are baffled at the price-tags on mandatory uniforms for their children’s school.


News_Florida_Public_EmployeesInsurance News Net: Budget shortfall could spur school district to cut $66M in projects

Faced with a gaping hole in its capital budget because of declining money from the state, the Palm Beach County School District’s staff will suggest this week postponing or eliminating more than $66 million in projects.


florida-public-employees-FDOC-EscapeesClick Orlando:  Prison officials failed to investigate escape attempt

Seven months before convicted murderers Charles Walker and Joseph Jenkins escaped from state prison using phony court documents, a fellow inmate at Franklin Correctional Institution was caught trying to do the same thing.


florida-public-employees-orange-county-schools-restrainedWFTV: 9 Investigates: Central Florida students being restrained at school

9 Investigates uncovered a disturbing fact: Orange County special needs students were restrained by teachers and staff in the classroom more than 1,000 times during the last school year.


Florida-Public-Employees-FPLNews-Press: Business news roundup, July 30

FPL, the state’s largest electric utility, reported net income of $423 million, or 96 cents a share, compared to $391 million, or 92 cents a share, during the second quarter of 2013. FPL said it averaged 91,000 more customer accounts this year than during the same period in 2013 and pointed to improvement in Florida’s economy.





News_Florida_Public_EmployeesAlaska Dispatch: Former Alaska man sued for harassing federal employees with paperwork

The government has sued a former Alaska man for filing bogus financial documents seeking nearly $1 billion against Social Security Administration employees.


florida-public-employees-NJ-unions-pension-cutsNJ: N.J. unions update lawsuits to block Christie’s pension cuts

More than a dozen public-worker unions have updated their lawsuits aiming to stop Gov. Chris Christie from slashing scheduled payments to New Jersey’s pension system for government employees.


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