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Florida education news: Diplomas, accountability, snow days and more

DIPLOMAS: High school juniors and seniors who evacuated Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria can complete their diplomas in Florida, under a new agreement between the two governments' education departments. Puerto Rico's graduation requirements differ significantly from Florida's. More on the Puerto Rican exodus, from the Florida Times-Union.

ACCOUNTABILITY: The U.S. Department of Education has asked Florida to offer a new resubmission date for the state's Every Student Succeeds Act plan revisions.

SNOW DAYS: With snow in the possible forecast, Leon County schools cancel Wednesday classes, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. • The Alachua County school district closes for Wednesday and Thursday amid threats of freezing rain, the Gainesville Sun reports. More closings from WXTL.

NAME GAME: Florida lawmakers move to eliminate "community" from the state's community college names, the News Service of Florida reports.

LABOR NEWS: The Florida House moves forward legislation that could break up teacher unions around the state, the St. Augustine Record reports.

FREE SPEECH: A conservative group associated with the Koch brothers is promoting legislation to change rules of free expression on public university campuses, Florida Politics reports.

SCHOOL CHOICE: Confusion mars Brevard County's planned reopening of a once-shuttered elementary school, Florida Today reports.

DIVERSITY: The mother of a gay Collier County teen criticizes her School Board's LGBTQ stance, the Naples Daily News reports.

COLLEGE COSTS: A Broward County Democrat proposes offering  scholarships to low-income Floridians attending state college, WLRN reports.

HELPING HAND: A Sarasota fraternity aims to provide under-served students added opportunities with paid internships, the Herald-Tribune reports.

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