Florida education news: Absenteeism, magnet schools, growth planning and more
ABSENTEEISM: The Pinellas County school district tries new strategies to improve its student attendance rate.
R.I.P. Popular Pasco County principal Adam Kennedy dies in a crash on his way to school Friday.
MAGNET SCHOOLS: The Marion County school district will begin using a lottery, instead of test results and race, to select students for its elementary school magnet programs, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
PLANNING: Volusia County school enrollment falls far short of anticipated projections as area population growth skews older, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
SCHOOL NAMES: An Orange County school named after Confederate general Robert E. Lee could get a name change, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
JOINT USE: The Sarasota County school district and county government prepare to expand an agreement allowing wider use of school sports fields during times the campuses are not in use, the Herald-Tribune reports.
BAD ACTS: A Wakulla County teacher is arrested on two charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, the Wakulla News reports.
SCHOOL ZONES: New schools mean revised attendance boundaries for Escambia County students, the Pensacola News-Journal reports. • The Flagler County school district considers rezoning its elementary schools to better manage available student capacity, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
SALES TAX: The Polk County School Board will consider how to spend sales tax revenue on a Bartow High School master plan, the News-Chief reports.
STUDENT DISCIPLINE: The Manatee County school district looks into the status of its disciplinary actions before deciding to make any changes to its procedures, the Bradenton Herald reports.
LABOR NEWS: Polk County teachers plan to protest the district's raise proposal, the Ledger reports.
LEGAL ACTION: A Duval County teacher threatens to sue the school district if the School Board doesn't offer him an apology and $300,000 over a threatening letter the district sent him, the Florida Times-Union reports.
TOP HONOR: A Volusia County elementary school counselor is named Florida Counselor of the Year, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
FOUR-YEAR DEGREES: As Florida's state colleges provide a growing number of bachelor's degrees, some state leaders question whether that's a good idea, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
HOMELESSNESS: The St. Johns County school district sees a growing number of homeless students, the St. Augustine Record reports.