Florida education news: District rankings, charter schools, student discipline and more
HOW YOU SLICE IT: Although they're making FCAT gains, the Hillsborough and Pinellas school districts don't progress as much as other large Florida districts. See the numbers here. (Times photo, Dirk Shadd)
DISTRICT RATINGS: After the state issued new school district ratings, many critics argued that the results showed poverty and such demographics are the key. Times Columnist Dan DeWitt suggests performance depends on something more in looking at similar Citrus and Hernando counties. • Times columnist John Romano suggests the state's way of ranking districts lacks nuance. • Orlando Sentinel columnist Lauren Ritchie, by contrast, writes that officials should quit whining about such lack of detail and instead focus on making education better.
MORE CHARTERS: Florida lawmakers propose legislation to further expand the reach of charter schools in the state, the Miami Herald reports.
MUSICAL CHAIRS: The closure of one Seminole elementary school could result in thousands of children being rezoned, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
NOT ENOUGH: Plans to restore $1 billion to Florida education funding won't fill all the budget holes for St. Johns schools, the St. Augustine Record reports.
GET A JOB: Manatee high school students find success through their career academies, the Bradenton Herald reports.
LET US IN: Broward families take herculean steps to gain coveted magnet school spots, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
DISCIPLINE DOWN: Suspensions and other penalties for misbehaving Duval students drop significantly, creating a debate over whether programs are working or someone is under-reporting, the Florida Times-Union reports.