Florida education news: School district ranking, parent trigger bill, student testing and more
DISTRICT RANKINGS: Gov. Rick Scott has the state rank Florida school districts by FCAT results, which superintendents criticize as superficial. (Times file photo)
QUESTIONABLE COSTS: The Hillsborough School Board faces continuing concerns over using Title I funding to hire consultants.
SHORT TIMER: A Pinellas newcomer wins an eight-month appointment to the School Board until an election to replace the late Lew Williams.
SCHOOL GRADING: The Florida Board of Education takes a first look at proposed new rules for grading schools, but expects many changes before adoption, the Florida Times-Union reports.
PARENTS IN CHARGE? Parent groups decry a proposed "parent empowerment" bill moving through the Florida Legislature, the Miami Herald reports.
LONGER BREAKS: The Manatee School Board approves a 2012-13 calendar that extends holiday breaks to cut back absenteeism, the Bradenton Herald reports.
TESTED OUT: Lee and Collier teachers say they spend too much time testing students, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
LABOR NEWS: Okaloosa teachers reject the School Board's proposal to increase seniority without pay, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
MISSPENT RESOURCES: An audit of Lake school finances reveals improper use of construction funds, the Orlando Sentinel reports.