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Florida universities crack down on student protesters

The big news: The University of Florida continues to take a hard line against students who participated in protests against Palestinian campuses.

Despite recommendations for lighter sentences, the University of Florida’s dean of students suspended several protesters and withheld the diploma of at least one. All have been suspended from campus and would have to apply for readmission to resume their studies.

The dean gave no explanation for his actions, which the students appeal. Read more from Fresh Take Florida.

The actions at UF come about a week after the University of South Florida moved to suspend two student protesters.

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Volunteers: The Pasco County school district moved to clarify the distinction between volunteers and visitors as it implements new voluntary background checks that volunteers must pay for.

School management: Two schools in Pasco County, and one in Hillsborough County, are getting new principals.

School choice: More than 260,000 students in Florida used open enrollment to attend schools other than those they are zoned for in 2022, reports Education Next. The vast majority chose schools with higher state ratings.

Choice: Leon County School District is refute a school board candidate’s claims that changes by a security provider have made schools less safe, WFSU reports. • The Palm Beach County School Board’s only Latina member says she chose not to seek re-election because career and personal priorities, but will remain involved in educational matters, WLRN reports. Only one person was qualified to replace her.

Exam date: More than 500 Polk County high school seniors graduated this spring with a leaving certificate rather than a diploma, Lakeland Now reports. This is a decrease of 29% from the previous year.

Contract call: Collier County teachers and district representatives is not near a store in salary negotiations, reports WINK.

College Connections: The St. Lucie County school district extended several agreements with Florida Atlantic University, while takes over the university’s developmental engineering lab school for K-8TC Palm reports.

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