Florida education news: School start times, student grades, FCAT testing and more
WELCOME BACK: New students and principals kick off the new school year in Hillsborough County along with all those who returned. (Times photo, Skip O'Rourke)
EARLY: Hernando students and parents adjust to new school start times.
GRADE INFLATION? The Pasco teachers union criticizes a new grading system at Fivay High as "grade inflation at its worst."
GET ON THE BUS: Hillsborough officials urge South Tampa parents to have their children ride the bus during the Republican National Convention.
TOUGH QUESTIONS: The Pinellas School Board needs to thoroughly vet its three superintendent candidates to make sure it finds the best fit, the Times editorializes.
TESTING: Gov. Rick Scott calls for a change of direction in Florida's accountability testing, the AP reports. • Florida Education Association leaders say there's plenty of room for improvement, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
CONFUSION: A major overhaul of Broward school bus routes causes huge problems for parents, students and the district, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
CLOSER LOOK: The Duval School Board considers ways to improve investigations into teachers accused of misconduct, the Florida Times-Union reports.
SAFETY: Some Lee parents protest the district's decision to stop sending buses into gated communities, forcing children to walk along busy unlit streets, the Naples Daily News reports.
SELLING IT: The Brevard school district pitches the need for a sales tax to support school repairs and construction projects, Florida Today reports. • A Seminole woman tries to stop her school district from placing a school tax referendum on the November ballot, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
DIVERSITY: The Flagler school district tries to hire more minority employees to more closely match the student population, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.