Florida education news: Attendance zones, civic education, single-sex schools and more
LET IT BE: Some Pinellas parents urge district officials not to force their children into different elementary schools. • The St. Johns School Board affects hundreds with its unanimous approval of new attendance zones, the St. Augustine Record reports.
STAYING PUT: The Hillsborough School Board renews contracts for self-esteem programs amid support from teachers and staff. (Times photo, Octavio Jones)
DECISION DAY: The Florida Board of Governors will consider whether USF Polytechnic should be independent.
LEAD THE WAY: A Pasco middle school teacher raises money to preserve her civic education program.
JUST LIKE TEACHERS: Lee's superintendent says some of his performance goals might be difficult to achieve because of changes to FCAT scoring rules, the Cape Coral Daily Breeze reports.
COMPETITION TIME: Broward district leaders consider creating single-sex schools to compete with charters and private schools, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
SUE YOU: Two Archdiocese of Miami Catholic school teachers sue after being fired, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
TURF WAR: The Duval School Board blasts a letter from the Jacksonville Public Education Fund that some believed was trying to wrest leadership from the board, the Florida Times-Union reports.
MINI MAGNETS: Lee adds specialty programs to under-enrolled elementary schools in hopes of luring more students there, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
NEVER MIND: UCF withdraws its request to open a new dental school amid mounting criticism, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
FEE FIGHT: The Marion School Board decides to stop paying stormwater fees to the city of Ocala, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
"MY DAD'S FUN": A Bay elementary school sets up a field trip especially for students and their fathers, the Panama City News-Herald reports.