Florida education news: School unity, school prayer, school uniforms and more
COME TOGETHER: Pasco Moon Lake Elementary School uses the power of drumming to help create a stronger sense of school community among students and staff. (Times photo, Brendan Fitterer)
ON PROBATION: Imagine School at St. Petersburg is one step closer to closure after receiving its second straight F grade from the state.
HOUSING AT THE HILTON: USF-St. Petersburg has so many students seeking dorm rooms that it puts the overflow at a nearby Hilton hotel.
PARTNERSHIP FOR EDUCATION: The Fairmount Park Children's Initiative aims to help poor children break the cycles that result in low academic and social skills.
PLEASE FIX IT: St. Johns officials notice that two of their schools assigned thousands of students the wrong race in accountability reports, the Florida Times-Union reports.
YUM: Some of Miami's top restaurant chefs help the school district create new recipes for school lunches, the Miami Herald reports.
MESSAGE RECEIVED: The Duval School Board downgrades superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals in its annual evaluation, the Florida Times-Union reports.
ON HOLD: The dispute over prayer in Santa Rosa schools continues to wind through courts, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
COLLARS FOR EVERYONE: A Polk middle school changes its dress code after a mom complains that girls should be allowed to wear Polo shirts just like boys, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
TOO INTRUSIVE? Santa Rosa school employees plan to sue the school district over its new policy governing social media, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
BETTER THAN EXPECTED: Alachua's first week with mandatory school uniforms goes smoothly, the Gainesville Sun reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with New Orleans school reformer Leslie Jacobs of Educate Now!