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The Point, July 8, 2022: Florida's school grades were better than the state expected in 2021-22

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The stories near you

• WMFE-Orlando: Marion County Schools look to retirees to fill open teaching positions. "The district needs to fill some 168 teaching positions before August. ... The district is also looking to fill 20 to 25 open bus driver positions."

• Gainesville Sun ($): Gainesville could be first in Florida to end exclusionary zoning, but other examples exist. "Gainesville would become the first city in Florida to adopt multi-family zoning throughout the city's neighborhoods if its City Commission eliminates exclusionary zoning with a first vote on the proposal set for next week."

• FOX35 Orlando: Marion County Supervisor of Elections addresses incorrect zip code found on voter ID card. "The Marion County elections office was recently notified by a voter that they received a voter information card containing an incorrect district number, 86503, which is a zip code located in northeast Arizona. (Supervisor of Elections Wesley) Wilcox advises that voters who may have received a card with misinformation will be provided with voter information cards with accurate information per request. He said the misprinted cards will have no effect on voting."

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Around the state

• News4Jax: Florida school grades far exceed expectations for 2022 academic year, state says. "According to a release from FDOE, this is due to 'policies that kept schools open and kept students in the classroom.' The 2021-2022 school grades mark the first full school grade data release since 2019."

• City & State Florida: How did the GOP get the voter registration edge in Florida? "There had always been more registered Democrats than Republicans in Florida until late last year, when Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that Republicans had flipped the voter rolls red."

• Florida Today ($): A rental trends study finds 10 Florida markets among the most overvalued in the nation. "The study of 107 U.S. rental markets, released June 6 and using data from April, found that 10 of the 14 most-overvalued rental markets in the country are in Florida. The study included 10 Florida markets, and all 10 are overvalued by more than 13%."

• WUSF-Tampa: More than 1,000 invasive giant African land snails have been collected in Pasco County so far. "Officials with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said Thursday during a press conference that 1,016 of the destructive mollusks have been collected from 29 properties within a quarantined area of New Port Richey – that’s after they were first detected by a home gardener, two weeks ago."

• New York Times ($): In Miami, a Pandemic-Fueled Boom. "Unlike many cities, Miami has boomed over the course of the pandemic. Thousands relocated to South Florida where restaurants, attractions and retail shops remained open, with Miami’s tropical sparkle seemingly a panacea for life in lockdown."

• Tampa Bay Times ($): Death threat to Minn. Rep. Ihan Omar gets Sarasota man probation, $7k fine. "A Sarasota man who one night three years ago got drunk and sent a disparaging email threatening to kill U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar and three other lawmakers was sentenced Wednesday to three years of probation."

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About today's curator

I'm Ethan Magoc, a news editor at WUFT. Originally from Pennsylvania, I've found a home telling Florida stories. I’m part of a team searching each morning for local and state stories that are important to you; please send feedback about today's edition or ideas for stories we may have missed to

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