CAMPAIGN TRAIL: In Florida's ongoing debate about school board member term limits, Pinellas County's Linda Lerner has been frequently noted as an example. One of the state's longest serving board members, Lerner represented institutional knowledge to one side, career politics to another. She's now decided to impose her own term limits, declining to seek a seventh term. • Three-term Pasco County board incumbent Allen Altman is amassing a hefty campaign account to stave off his first challenge since being elected to an open seat in 2006.
NEW DIRECTION: Hillsborough County's Wharton High School will get a different principal in the fall, following a tumultuous year.
#BRACOTT: A Manatee County teen who went to school without wearing a bra, and was deemed a distraction by administrators, urges other girls to participate in a "bracott" on April 16, Newsweek reports. More from the >Bradenton Herald. Hear our new podcast on the dress code debate, with ACLU Florida lawyer Nancy Abudu.
CHARTER SCHOOLS: A "classical" charter school promoted by the Indian River County School Board chairman is on the path to approval in Martin County, TC Palm reports.
DIPLOMAS: The Florida Department of Education continues to take input on proposed changes to alternate tests counted toward high school graduation, WTSP reports.
SECURITY: Polk County school and law enforcement officials work out the details to place an armed "safety specialist" at every campus, the Ledger reports.
EXODUS: Puerto Rican students fleeing the aftermath of Hurricane Maria continue to flow into Osceola County schools, Spectrum News 13 reports.
ACADEMICS FIRST: Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart stresses that closing the state's achievement gap remains her top priority, the Herald-Tribune reports.
BUDGETS: Volusia County school district leaders say their financial picture is "crisis mode" for the coming year, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
TALKING POINTS: Broward County's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High will not allow a prominent gun rights activist to speak on campus, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
BAD ACTS: A Lee County private school teacher accused of having sex with a student is released on bond, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. • A former Volusia County middle school teacher is charged with having sex with an underage student, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
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