Florida education news: Math instruction, associate teachers, school uniforms and more
NEW MATH: Pasco County school students get new math textbooks as their lessons — and the state standards — aim to provide more depth on fewer concepts. (Times photo, Brendan Fitterer)
LOOKING AHEAD: Hernando schools superintendent Bryan Blavatt assesses the district's strengths and weaknesses, and his goals for the future.
TEACHER TRIAL: St. Johns schools launch a new program to assign less expensive "associate teachers" to classrooms that exceed class size caps, the St. Augustine Record reports.
NO GRACE PERIOD: Alachua students are all expected to wear school uniforms starting Day One, the Gainesville Sun reports.
BIG CHANGES: Florida's schools will see major shifts in testing, class size and other key matters during the new school year, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
CAPS KICK IN: Florida students should be in smaller classes as the state class size amendment takes full effect, but the debate over the regulation's worth continues, the Miami Herald reports.
NEW MAJORITY: Lee County schools open with students from minority groups comprising the majority of enrollment, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
FEWER FRUITS: A smaller number of Treasure Coast schools qualify for a federal program that provides fresh fruits and vegetables, the Stuart News reports.
EASY TO ERR: Sarasota's school rules are vague enough to make it uncertain when a teacher breaks the policy against politicking, Herald-Tribune columnist Tom Lyons writes.