Florida education news: Graduation rates, school construction, class size and more
CLOSING THE GAP: Pinellas community and school leaders look for solutions to the district's abysmal graduation rate for black males. (Times photo, Scott Keeler)
TOO LOW: USF trustees and administrators say the school's 49 percent six-year graduation rate is a 'major weakness'.
HAVE A SAY: The Pinellas school district ends its ban on employees reading and writing comments on the Gradebook.
VOTE WILL COUNT: The Florida Supreme Court rules that Amendment 8 on class size is clear and may stay on the November ballot, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • Schools continue to work toward full compliance of the current rules, the AP reports.
LABOR NEWS: Lee teachers and administration craft a tentative contract deal that would provide raises and reinstate some eliminated art and music teaching positions, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
WAITING FOR THE STATE: Palm Beach officials approve the replacement of some aging schools, but must receive state approval after failing to renew the district's charter status that gave it more freedom from state oversight, the Palm Beach Post reports.
SURVEY SAYS? Gulf Coast Community College will conduct a survey to figure out the best new name for the school, the Panama City News Herald reports.