Florida education news: School names, teacher pay, mental health services and more

NEW BUILDING, NEW NAME: Robert E. Lee Elementary School in a heavily minority section of Tampa burned nearly to the ground after an electrical surge in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. The school will rise again. But it will , with the School Board choosing to call it Tampa Heights Elementary instead.

TEACHER PAY: Incoming Florida Senate president pro tempore David Simmons says his chamber will , as it focuses on improving education in public and private spheres.

RESIGN TO SERVE: Pasco County School Board member-elect Megan Harding so she can assume her spot on the board. • Marion County School Board member-elect Nancy Thrower before taking the oath of office, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

FUNDING SNAG: A state review of university construction projects uncovers that the University of South Florida to complete a research center.

BUS SAFETY: Pasco County deputies crack down on after some parents complain.

MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES: Florida sees an , yet limited change in the services available, WFTS reports.

CLASSROOM TECH: The Lake County school district prepares to expand its , the Daily Commercial reports.

IN COURT: The Volusia County school district is among several challenging Florida‘s Best and Brightest teacher bonus, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

AFTER PARKLAND: A state inquiry into the in February continues, the Miami Herald reports. More from the .

SCIENCE LESSONS: Several Florida teachers learn new ideas for , WLRN reports.

GENDER ISSUES: A Sarasota County student talks about , the Herald-Tribune reports.

RELIGIOUS EXPRESSION: The Flagler County School Board adopts a despite misgivings, Flagler Live reports.

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