Florida education news: School bus routes, virtual school, magnet schools and more
SAFETY FIRST: Hernando School Board members harbor lingering concerns about canceling courtesy bus rides and forcing students to walk or get a ride to school. • Brevard orders a review of bus stops routes along unsafe walking routes within two miles of schools, Florida Today reports. (Times file photo)
TEACHER TRAINING: The Pinellas School Board reauthorizes a controversial professional development program despite questions about its effectiveness.
NOT ALL THAT: Florida leaders should end their preoccupation with charter schools, which don't live up to their hype, and put more into traditional schools that most families choose, the Palm Beach Post editorializes. • Central Florida sees the number of charter schools applying to open mushroom, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
ONLINE LEARNING: Lee officials seek to expand course offerings and better market the district's virtual school, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
'BOLD INITIATIVE': Duval hires a management company to run the district's four most struggling schools, the Florida Times-Union reports.
SPECIAL TREATMENT: A plan to set aside seats for one neighborhood's children in Indian River's highest performing school raises red flags, the Vero Beach Press Journal reports.
LABOR NEWS: Bay school employees protest the possible privatization of district jobs, the Panama City News Herald reports.
MORNING MEETINGS: The St. Johns School Board ponders moving its night meetings to the daytime, the St. Augustine Record reports.
REZONING: Alachua leaders look to redraw attendance zones for a new school, with class size, demographics and choice options all coming into play, the Gainesville Sun reports.