Florida education news: School improvement, school board ethics, charter schools and more
ALL NEW: Students are wowed by Hernando's new Weeki Wachee High School. (Times photo, Will Vragovic)
BANG! The University of South Florida teaches staff and students what to do in the event of a campus shooting.
LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON: Pasco's Fivay High band director Brian Schmidt takes after his dad, Zephyrhills High band director Russell Schmidt.
ELECTION NEWS: Pasco School Board candidate John Tracy offends his opponents with a remark that he's the only hopeful with family values. • Pinellas School Board candidate Brian Hawley does little to move his campaign. • Pinellas School Board candidate Fonda Huff, a teacher, failed her certification exam three times before passing. • Candidates for Pinellas School Board give superintendent Julie Janssen a passing grade, but not an A.
IT TAKES A VILLAGE: St. Petersburg is on the right path in its community-wide effort to improve Fairmount Park Elementary, the Times editorializes.
MAKING AN A: Mount Pleasant Standard Based Middle School, a charter school, finds success despite its students' circumstances, columnist Bill Maxwell writes.
SOUND RECOMMENDATIONS: A panel of experts has offered a clear and sensible set of ethics reforms for the Broward School Board, the Miami Herald editorializes.
USING THE FCAT: Sumter teachers use their students' state test results to drive instruction regardless of the brouhaha over school grades, the Leesburg Daily Commercial reports.
NI HAO, BRADENTON: Instructors from China will teach Mandarin to students in selected Manatee schools, the Bradenton Herald reports.
NEW LEASE ON LIFE: An Escambia charter school authorized in July gets ready for its August debut, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
FINISHING TOUCHES: Alachua school workers complete about $6 million in construction and maintenance projects as the academic year nears, the Gainesville Sun reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview about the class size amendment with state Sen. Alex Villalobos, United Teachers of Dade president Karen Aronowitz and FEA lawyer Ron Meyer.