Florida education news: School grades, teacher evaluations, STEM lessons and more
TOP HONORS: Palm Harbor University High drama students win a statewide festival and head to regional competition. (Times photo, Jim Damaske)
LOOK DEEPER: The Florida Board of Education should carefully consider each proposed school grading change before adopting any of them, the Times editorializes. More stories on the grading proposal from the Orlando Sentinel and Florida Times-Union.
HUH? Alachua teachers and district officials remain puzzled by pieces of the state's new mandated evaluation system, the Gainesville Sun reports.
CHARTER PUSH: Conservative education activists press Florida lawmakers for added charter school options, while public school supporters push back, the Ledger reports.
GEEK GIRLS: Indian River middle school girls get a chance to learn more about math and science studies with hopes they'll pursue the fields, the Vero Beach Press-Journal reports.
GETTING GRANTS: Bay County's school security chief also spends his time securing millions in grants to make campuses safer, the Panama City News-Herald reports.
SHARED SERVICES: The Monroe school district and county government will test sharing some maintenance and fleet services to save money, the Keynoter reports.
HELPING HAND: A group of Lake County high school students create a tutoring program for nearby elementary schools, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
SCHOOLED: Some St. Johns teachers get a lesson in politics as they head to Tallahassee to lobby for their concerns, the St. Augustine Record reports.