Florida education news: Student testing, zero tolerance, arts education and more
LITTLE FAITH: Still harboring distrust of last year's FCAT results, the Hillsborough School Board approves using a backup test to help determine student performance. (Times file photo)
ALL ABOUT ARTS: Students at Pasco's Dayspring Academy charter school get after-school music and dance instruction.
AMENDMENT 8: Florida's class size amendment needs flexibility, as it's doing more harm than good as-is, the Times editorializes.
WELCOME BACK: The Broward school district drops its expulsion recommendation for Samuel Burgos, a boy who brought a plastic toy gun to school, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
A PLACE TO STAY: Edison State College plans to add campus housing for students, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
EFFECTIVE TEACHERS: The United Way puts $180,000 to help get top teachers for all Duval classrooms, the Florida Times-Union reports.
OOPS: A Fort Pierce high school accidentally sends an automated message asking parents to call the guidance office to all parents instead of just those whose kids have attendance problems, the Fort Pierce Tribune reports.
TAX POLITICS: The chairman of the Seminole School Board gets heat for using the district's automated phone system to urge families to support the district's sales tax referendum, the Orlando Sentinel reports.