FINAL ACT: Current and former students, staff and friends of Pasco County's Ridgewood High bid a formal farewell to the school, which closes this spring after 40 years of operation. The campus will reopen in the fall as a technical high school, the result of community need and a strict state accountability system breathing down its neck.
PAY TALKS: Hillsborough County teachers negotiate to get as much of their expected salary boost as possible for the year that's ending.
CAP AND GOWN: The USF Sun Dome increases security for high school graduation ceremonies held there this week. • Several Marion County high schools relocate their commencements to indoor venues because of the rain threat, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
MORE RULES: The Florida Department of Education releases a draft rule to govern new reading scholarships for third and fourth graders who fare poorly on the state language arts exam.
NO APPEAL: The Plato Academy charter school group will not challenge the Leon County School Board's denial of its application, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
DRESS CODE: Manatee County school district officials propose revising the student dress code so it deals with disruptive, rather than distracting, attire, the Bradenton Herald reports. The issue arose after a high school administrator disciplined a female student who did not wear a bra to school. A district lawyer says the ACLU embellished the incident for "media sensationalism," the Herald-Tribune reports.
DISCORD: The Jacksonville City Council takes its mayor to task for his position against its resolution regarding high school testing, Florida Politics reports.
HEADED OUT: A private dropout recovery school operator prepares to remove its sites from Duval County, the Florida Times-Union reports.
THAT'S NOT ALLOWED: A Lake County elementary school teacher and instructional dean are suspended after being discovered in a dark classroom closet together, WFTV reports.
SECURITY: The Volusia County School Board contemplates placing armed safety officers at all schools including charters, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. • The Monroe County school district launches a new system that allows students to anonymously report school threats, WLRN reports. • St. Johns County school district officials say law enforcement should be responsible for protecting schools, the St. Augustine Record reports. • Bradenton city officials will consider spending more money on school security, the Herald-Tribune reports.
ZERO TOLERANCE: The Monroe County School Board considers how strict its discipline code should be enforced with a case of a student who had "specks" of marijuana in his car, the Keynoter reports.
CHARTER SCHOOLS: The Cape Coral charter school system will tap into its reserves to cover a budget shortfall, the Cape Coral Daily Breeze reports.
FREE RIDE: The Indian River County school district will stop providing free bus rides to students attending after-school programs at three local nonprofits, TC Palm reports.