Florida education news: Failing grades, school taxes, board pay and more
PREPARING FOR THE SEEING WORLD: A group of legally blind Pasco and Hernando teensreceive special training to operate in mainstream society. (Times photo, Kainaz Amaria)
NO MORE ZEROS: Hernando considers giving students 40 points as their bottom failing grade, so it's easier to catch up later.
NEW STUFF: A Manatee teacher wins a $10,000 classroom makeover, the Bradenton Herald reports.
PAY UP: The city of Cape Coral orders a church to pay off the Lee school district's overdue taxes for a parcel the district bought from the church, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
PAY CUT:Duval board members lower their salary to that of a first-year teacher, to follow new state law, the Florida Times-Union reports. The savings? A whopping $23,000.
LOOPHOLE: A Palm Beach school avoided possible closure not through improvement, but rather by changing its status to fall outside Florida's accountability system, the Palm Beach Post reports.
GETTING READY FOR SCHOOL: A private Fort Walton Beach school prepares children with autism to function in the public school system, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
HEAD START: About a third of UF's freshman class begins classes during the summer session to get more acclimated to campus when there are fewer people around, the Gainesville Sun reports.