Florida education news: Dress code, school technology, dropouts and more
HANDS ON: Students in Wesley Chapel High's automotive academy prepare for a new, state-of-the-art auto shop for classes. (Times photo, Carolina Hidalgo)
WHAT NOT TO WEAR: Nine Pinellas schools adopt stricter dress codes for the new academic year.
MOVING ON: Critics of Florida's public education system see a chance to move in a new direction with commissioner Gerard Robinson's resignation, the News Service of Florida reports. • Education department leaders should seek a leader who can work better with school districts, the Gainesville Sun editorializes.
TABLET TIME: Many schools increasingly abandon laptops in favor of tablets for students, US News and World Report reports. [Prominent mention of Pinellas and Orange schools]
LUNCH BREAK: Florida State College-Jacksonville trustees decide to stop having lunch meetings and to eat first instead, the Florida Times Union reports.
IMPROVING: Florida sees its school dropout rate decrease and participation in prekindergarten rise as children in juvenile justice programs declines, the Palm Beach Post reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with outgoing Florida education commissioner Gerard Robinson.