Florida education news: School grades, school choice, class size and more
BETTER GRADES: Florida's high schools see their state grades jump under a new, broader evaluation system. Long struggling schools like Gibbs High and Middleton High are among those making strides. The news is also positive for Hernando and Pasco schools. The schools must continue to improve, the Times editorializes. (Times photo, Cherie Diez)
MORE TESTS: Hillsborough schools adopt a second standardized test to double-check FCAT results.
LESS CHOICE: The Pasco School Board approves less liberal open enrollment rules to cope with class size requirements.
APPROVED (SORT OF): The Pinellas School Board accepts superintendent Julie Janssen's plan to revamp the school system after knocking down several sections.
WHAT OBSTACLES? A group hoping to open a charter school on Marco Island asks the state to look into why the Collier School Board is preventing the school from opening, the Marco Island Sun Times reports.
ASSESSING THE OPTIONS: The Palm Beach School Board ponders how to meet class size rules next year without compromising academics, the Palm Beach Post reports.
HEALTHY LUNCHES: New federal rules mean students in Duval and other counties will get healthier cafeteria options, the Florida Times-Union reports.
NO ADS ALLOWED: Volusia district leaders decide against selling ads to appear inside school buses, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
CALENDAR CHANGES: Some Palm Beach parents are upset with district plans to end the first semester of classes after winter break, the Palm Beach Post reports.