Florida education news: High school graduation, quitting teacher, one-room school house and more
DROP IN: Florida's graduation rate rises to historic highs, while its dropout rate shrinks. Pasco High exemplifies some of the changes, seeing its graduation rate move from among the county's lowest to the county's best. (Times file photo)
COMPROMISE: Hernando teachers are on track to a contract deal.
'I QUIT': A second-year Pinellas teacher leaves his job mid-year, saying he felt stressed and unsuccessful.
GET ZONKED: A kava bar opens across the street from St. Petersburg High, worrying some adults that students will drink too much before they come to school.
SEEKING A LIFELINE: Manatee's Duette Elementary, one of Florida's last remaining one-room schools, seeks community support to remain open.
TOO SMALL: FAMU's developmental research school lets go nine teachers because enrollment doesn't meet projections, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
JUST MAKE UP YOUR MIND: Palm Beach leaders need to settle the district's curriculum dispute rather than dither and let it hurt students, the Palm Beach Post editorializes.
TEACHER IN TROUBLE: A Manatee middle school teacher is suspended on accusations that she jerked a chair out from under a student, the Bradenton Herald reports.
PUT IT IN WRITING: A federal judge asks the sides in a Santa Rosa school prayer case to make their final statements in writing so he can wind up the hearing, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports. More from the Pensacola News Journal.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Florida education commissioner Eric J. Smith.