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Florida education news: Diversity, demands, rivalries and more

SEEKING DIVERSITY: Two Pasco County African-American moms are asking the school district to better train faculty and staff on how to handle cultural differences among students.

FIGHTING BACK: Recently fired former Hernando County superintendent Lori Romano demands a hearing to prove she was dismissed without cause, which could allow her access to retirement benefits.

RIVALRIES: Pasco High's football coach tries to cancel his school's long-running grudge match against nearby Zephyrhills High, alleging recruiting violations. Superintendent Kurt Browning steps in to ensure the game goes on.

AMENDMENT 8: The bulk of money behind Amendment 8 on the November ballot is coming from charter school firms and supporters of a controversial visa program, News Service of Florida reports. Amendment 8 would allow creation of a state charter authorizer, among other things.

GROWTH: The emergence of two new charter schools could eliminate the Brevard County school district's need to build new schools of its own to ease crowding, Florida Today reports.

TAX HOLIDAY: Computers are back on the list of items exempted from sales tax during Florida's annual back-to-school tax holiday, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

SECURITY: The Sarasota County school district has had a winding path to arrive at its new security plan, the Herald-Tribune reports. • Districts around the state are interpreting Florida's new school security law differently, leading to a variety of results, TC Palm reports. • Volusia County school guards begin training, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. • Palm Beach County school district officials and police union leaders negotiate a 5 percent raise for school officers, the Palm Beach Post reports.

SCHOOL GRADES: Duval County school district leaders discuss plans to improve based on their state grades, WJXT reports. • Clay County school district leaders see progress in their schools' performance and aim to move even higher, Clay Today reports.

CERTIFICATION: Nearly 100 Polk County teachers will lose their jobs because of problems with their state certification, the Ledger reports.

LABOR NEWS: Florida's teacher organized labor movement appears to be gaining membership in the face of new requirements to remain active, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

TURNAROUNDS: Some Bay County parents complain about the replacement of their school principal, the Panama City News Herald reports.

NIMBY: The Duval County School Board seeks to make it harder for marijuana dispensaries to locate near schools, the Florida Times-Union reports.

MENTAL HEALTH: Critics raise concerns that Florida's new law requiring students to reveal their mental health records to schools will continue the stigma those children face, Florida Phoenix reports.

CAMPAIGN TRAIL: The Broward Teachers Union does not endorse any School Board candidates with ties to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

ON BOARD: Manatee County Sheriff Rick Wells considers leaving the board of a charter school amid allegations the school's principal wrote a job recommendation for a teacher accused of child pornography, the Herald-Tribune reports.

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