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Florida education news: Union leaders, hurricane recovery, superintendent reviews and more

Fed Ingram, Carole Gauronskas and Andrew Spar are elected the new top officers of the Florida Education Association. [FEA Twitter account]

UNION LEADERS: Florida Education Association delegates ousted union president Joanne McCall in favor of challenger Fed Ingram, who had been vice president. Ingram’s arguments that the group should be more aggressive in its push against the Republican education agenda resonated with members frustrated after three years of losses over key issues. More from Florida Politics.

CROWDING: Complaints rise about the Pasco County school district’s use of school-wide averages to calculate class size compliance. • Some St. Johns County teachers raise concerns about the negative effects of classrooms with too many students, the St. Augustine Record reports.

AFTER MICHAEL: School districts in north Florida strive to reopen schools after Hurricane Michael ripped through, CNN reports. Creating a sense of normalcy for childrenis critical after such a major catastrophe, USA Today reports. More from the Port St. Joe Star.

SUPERINTENDENTS: Broward County superintendent Robert Runcie gets a middling performance review from his board after a traumatic year, the Sun-Sentinel reports. • Marion County voters will decide whether to move to an appointed superintendent model, and stop electing the position, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

TEACHER PREP: A Lake County high school launches a teaching academy to prepare high school students who want to become educators, the Daily Commercial reports.

CAMPAIGN TRAIL: Reports of a dropped decade-old aggravated battery charge hound a candidate for Volusia County School Board, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

LEARNING THROUGH PLAY: A Marion County K-8 teacher infuses his STEM lessons with Legos, robotics and other activities to keep students interested, the Ocala Star-Bannerreports.

TEACHER PAY: The Miami-Dade County School Board would use 88 percent of any new tax increase revenue to improve teacher salaries, the Miami Herald reports.

CAREER TRAINING: Key Florida “influencers” say vocational education should be a priority for the state, the Miami Herald reports.

DRESS CODE: A Duval County middle school student receives an apology after being told he could not wear a T-shirt with a Republican Party logo in school, WJXT reports.

COLLEGE COSTS: Sarasota County high school students get help filling out the FAFSA as they prepare for college, the Herald-Tribune reports.