Florida education news: Accountability, legislation, virtual reality and more
ACCOUNTABILITY: Critics say the Florida Board of Education still needs to do more to repair low confidence in the state accountability system. Columnist John Romano blames state lawmakers for the situation. More from the Florida Times-Union.
IN THE RUNNING: Veteran Pinellas School Board member Carol Cook draws a challenger in her reelection bid.
AROUND THE EDGES: Florida lawmakers say they're not looking for major changes in education policy during their 2016 session.
GROWTH: Manatee school district leaders seek public input as they plan for future growth, the Bradenton Herald reports.
TEACHER DISCIPLINE: An Indian River teacher accused of a violent altercation with a student will fight his pending dismissal, the Vero Beach Press-Journal reports.
COMMUNITY SCHOOLING: Brevard County debuts Florida's first elementary community school, Florida Today reports.
TEACHER TRAINING: Advocates push for new state law requiring teachers learn suicide prevention, Politico Florida reports.
COOL FACTOR: A handful of south Florida schools dabble in virtual reality labs, the Sun-Sentinel reports.