Florida education news: A new law, a charter in distress, a key ruling and more
LOOKING AHEAD: A new Florida law allowing students to attend any school in the state, provided the school has room, won't take effect until next year. But the complexities have prompted school districts to start planning now.
TURNAROUND TROUBLES: A charter school that was supposed to be a lifeline for families fleeing sosuth St. Petersburg's troubled elementary schools has performance problems of its own.
A RULING TO WATCH: An administrative judge has ruled that the state's controversial Best and Brightest scholarship should not be limited to classroom teachers and says a speech pathologist for Sarasota schools should be awarded $8,000, the Herald-Tribune reports.
RAISING QUESTIONS: Leon County raises its graduation rate, but with heavy reliance on private online diplomas and credit recovery programs, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
WANTING DIVERSITY: The Collier County branch of the NAACP voices concerns over the lack of black teachers and administrators in the district, the Naples Daily News reports.
FAMILY TIES: She's a veteran teacher at Hialeah Gardens High; he's the principal at Miami Beach Senior High. They are daughter and father. A feature by the Miami Herald.
CHANGING COURSE: A Volusia County School Board member questions the district's decision to replace a locally owned tutoring service with a less expensive vendor from New Jersey, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
SOMEONE HAS TO DO IT: The Lakeland Ledger gets inside the room as teachers look for ways to improve end-of-year exams and ensure that they align with the curriculim and state standards.
DUE DILIGENCE: As the St. John's County School District gets ready to take over a technical college, two reports raise concerns about the school's testing and staffing practices, the St. Augustine Record reports.