Florida education news: School intervention, school bus stops, candidate education plans and more
TIME TO WORK: The staff at Pinellas Gibbs High School immediately begins to tackle the problems that led to it appearing on Florida's "intervene" list for the first time, along with Hillsborough's Middleton High and Franklin Middle Magnet. Gibbs needs to work hard to repair the chronic failure that has festered too long, the Times editorializes. Two Broward schools make the low-performing list, too, the Sun-Sentinel reports. One school in St. Johns also appears on the list, the Florida Times-Union reports. (Times photo, Dirk Shadd)
DRIVE CAREFULLY: Clearwater police will ramp up patrols around schools at the start and end of classes.
MORE OF THE SAME: The two GOP candidates for Florida governor have similar education plans that would include a return of efforts to overhaul teacher contracts and evaluations, the Florida Times-Union reports.
SCHOOL CHOICE: Students at two struggling Orange high schools are offered the opportunity to transfer even before school grades are released, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
PLENTY OF TIME TO READ: Manatee teens in juvenile detention can get rewarded for reading, the Bradenton Herald reports.
PROMISES, PROMISES: South Florida parents and kids set goals for the new school year, the Miami Herald reports.
IT'S OVER: The Collier School Board does not renew superintendent Dennis Thompson's contract, the Naples Daily News reports.
A LITTLE RESPECT: The Collier School Board looks into the scheduling of football games and other events on religious holidays, the Naples Daily News reports.
BLOCK SCHEDULING: St. Lucie high schools turn to block schedules to help meet class size, the Port St. Lucie Tribune reports.
TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT: A Volusia parent complains about school bus stops too close to the homes of sexual offenders, but the district says there's almost no way to avoid that, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
DONE DEAL: A judge okays an agreement for services between the Polk school system and the district's charter schools, the Lakeland Ledger reports.