Florida education news: Black students, achievement gaps, sexting and more
HELP FOR BLACK STUDENTS: In a new legal agreement, the Pinellas school district promises to keep better tabs on black student performance, offer more specific remedies and hold school-level officials accountable for progress, the St. Petersburg Times reports. (Photo from gse.harvard.edu)
LENNARD, LENNARD, HE’S OUR MAN: Former Hillsborough superintendent Earl Lennard is tapped by Gov. Charlie Crist to take over as Hillsborough supervisor of elections, the St. Petersburg Times reports. Good choice, says the Times editorial board.
NO SEXTING: The Manatee County School Board amends the student code of conduct to make sexting punishable by suspension or expulsion, the Sarasota Herald Tribune reports.
BAD SCHOOLS BAD FOR BUSINESS: South Florida business leaders say poorly funded schools “stand in the way of world class economic development,” the Miami Herald reports.
NEW SUPERINTENDENT: In Brevard County, Brian T. Binggeli is sworn in to replace outgoing superintendent Richard DiPatri, Florida Today reports.
HANGING ON: The troubled Jefferson County school district, near Tallahassee, is staying afloat with big cuts and stimulus money, the Associated Press reports.
AFTERNOON COLLEGE: Palm Beach Community College launches a program to make later classes more attractive so classrooms don’t sit empty in the afternoon, the Palm Beach Post reports.