Florida education news: Recount lessons, contract talks, student support and more

RECOUNT LESSONS: With Florida‘s contentious election recount as a backdrop, the Florida Education Association and its national and local affiliates based on what‘s going on.  A key message from the group, which backed the slightly behind Democrats, is “Every Vote Counts.”

CONTRACT TALKS: Negotiators for Pasco County school employees and the school district continue to as they seek to conclude bargaining before winter break. • Miami-Dade County teacher and district representatives begin from a voter-approved tax increase, the Miami Herald reports. • Orange County school employees will get a , the Orlando Sentinel reports.

STUDENT SUPPORT: A panel of experts agrees that Florida‘s education system , the Miami Herald reports. . • A new report suggests Florida‘s Every Student Succeeds Act plan is , with , Education Week and The 74 report.

SCHOOL THREATS: Attendance plummets at a Charlotte County high school after it receives its , the Charlotte Sun reports. • An Okaloosa County high school sees its , the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

MID-YEAR TESTS: Students at Marion County‘s struggling schools on practice math and language arts exams, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

GRAD RATES: Duval County school district leaders in their high school graduation rate, the Florida Times-Union reports.

MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES: The Lee County school district announces plans to , the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

GROWTH: The Sarasota County School Board must decide whether to to increasingly crowded Venice High, the Herald-Tribune reports.

YEARBOOK VOWS: Yearbook students at a Volusia County high school that tops their 2018 national finalist edition, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

IN COURT: A Miami-Dade County family sues the school district over an incident where a teacher and security guard , the Miami Herald reports.