Florida education news: School improvement, charter schools, discrimination charge and more
ONE MORE YEAR: Hillsborough's Middleton High School gets another year to improve academically before facing a takeover, as superintendent MaryEllen Elia questions some of the state's Differentiated Accountability rules.
TOP OF THE CLASS: Road to reading their reason for rhyming • Gulf Coast Academy students pay it forward with social studies lessons • Expo at Nature Coast Technical High showcases colleges, careers • Palm River students grow their own garden (Times photo, Will Vragovic)
A BOLD PLAN: Pinellas superintendent Julie Janssen offers some big ideas for refashioning public education that are worthy of thorough review, the Times editorializes.
SECOND CHANCE: The Florida Board of Education overrules Miami-Dade's closure of a troubled charter school, saying the school deserves more time to improve, the Miami Herald reports.
"SOFT SKILLS": The Santa Rosa school district will teach career academy students more about things like showing up on time and dressing properly, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
DISCRIMINATION? A Hollywood commissioner accuses the Broward school district of discriminating against poor children in its admission policy for two Montessori magnet schools, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
LEAVE NOW: The Lee School Board tells superintendent Jim Browder to clean out his desk after he gives two-months notice that he'll leave for a job at Edison State College, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
STICK AROUND: The University of West Florida prepares to offer president Judy Bense a five-year contract extension, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.