Florida education news: Robotics, contracts, school threats and more

STEM LESSONS: Participation in robotics programs grows in Tampa area schools, and with it comes greater success in science, engineering and math.

CONTRACT TALKS: Pasco County teachers and district representatives discuss evaluations and other aspects of their contract while awaiting more solid financial figures.

SCHOOL THREATS: South Florida law enforcement take seriously every threat made on schools they hear about, in the aftermath of the Parkland high school shooting, Tribune News Service reports.

SCHOOL GRADES: A Manatee County school celebrates its improvement from F to A in state grading in just two years, WWSB reports.

IN COURT: Some critics see the FEA’s latest lawsuit challenging Florida’s education policies as just another of many cases that haven’t generated much change, WFSU reports.

SCHOOL SAFETY: Citrus County leaders will consider reinstating a law enforcement impact fee to help cover the costs of school security, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.

OUSTED: A Polk County high school football coach is fired after being arrested on drug possession charged, the Ledger reports.

CROWDING SOLUTIONS: Three new schools planned to ease Palm Beach County overcrowding are stalled as state officials suggest they’re not needed, the Palm Beach Postreports. • The Lee County school district plans a major expansion to one of its fastest growing high schools, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

CREDIT RECOVERY: Hundreds of Duval County students seek new options as the school district’s contract expires with a dropout recovery program, the Florida Times-Union reports.

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