Florida education news: School reforms, state grades, critical needs taxes and more
MAKING STRIDES: Anclote High, Pasco County's first F-rated school, sees progress being made as it strives to shed the state label. (Times file photo)
TURNAROUND LESSONS: John Hopkins Middle School in Pinellas is improving because of competent leadership, added resources and clear expectations, the Times editorializes.
DISCONNECT: Pasco School Board members' request for iPads falls flat amid so many classroom technology needs, the Times editorializes.
APPEALING: Three Orange County high schools challenge their state grades, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
REJECTED: State College of Florida notifies more than 4,500 students that they're no longer eligible for financial aid, the Bradenton Herald reports.
ABOUT THAT VOTE ... Florida lawmakers are considering whether to again allow school boards to assess a local-option critical needs tax without voter approval, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
MORE OVERSIGHT: Daytona State College trustees take steps to increase financial controls in the wake of a critical audit, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
POWER STRUGGLE: The Marion School Board changes the terms of its peak use power-savings plan to remove elementary schools from the initiative, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
FIRST TIME: Two Union County middle schoolers are expelled for bringing a gun to school, the first time district officials can remember anything like this happening, the Gainesville Sun reports.