Florida education news: Single-gender schools, performance pay, school grades and more
GETTING READY: Hillsborough teachers look forward to their first day of classes. (Times photo, Skip O'Rourke)
BOYS HERE, GIRLS THERE: Hillsborough County prepares to debut two single-gender magnet schools.
WILLING TO BEND: Hernando schools show some flexibility in their new policy of eliminating courtesy bus rides. The threat of dangers while walking to school are overstated, columnist Dan DeWitt writes.
WHEN IT RAINS ... A local activist files an ethics complaint against embattled Pinellas superintendent Julie Janssen. Already political heavyweights are floating names of a possible replacement for Janssen, who has offered to resign amid poor evaluations.
MORE TRAINING: A group of USF education students will get more intense hands-on preparation as coteachers in Hillsborough schools.
NEVER AGAIN? State Rep. Dwight Bullard calls for an investigation into the costs of a charter school rally in Orlando, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
GIVE US A BREAK: Clay School Board members say the state should relax the rules on unfunded mandates for high performing school districts, Clay Today reports.
TRIAL RUN: Collier schools will have a "hold harmless" period for new performance pay and evaluation rules, the Naples Daily News reports.
TRY AGAIN: Former Florida education commissioner John Winn says the state's new high school grading system makes schools look better than they are, the Current reports.
GREAT EXPECTATIONS: Florida increases its kindergarten standards, the Palm Beach Post reports.
LET ME OUT: Alachua schools see limited interest in transfers out of struggling schools, the Gainesville Sun reports.
BACK TO SCHOOL: Daytona Beach area colleges predict flat to shrinking enrollment as costs rise, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview on iPads replacing textbooks with Wiregrass Ranch High School assistant principal Robyn White.