Florida education news: Achievement gap, Common Core, financial aid and more
ACHIEVEMENT GAP: Pinellas schools prepare to better coordinate and monitor efforts to reduce the gap between black students and others.
COMMON CORE: Florida insiders predict the state won't drop the Common Core despite mounting grassroots opposition. • Floridians on both sides need to cool their rhetoric and let the state's reform efforts settle in, columnist John Romano writes. • Polk teachers continue to work toward the transition from one set of standards to the next, the Ledger reports.
IMPACT FEES: Hernando board chairman Matt Foreman misses the point in his rejection of school impact fees, columnist Dan DeWitt writes.
FINANCIAL AID: High school students most in need of assistance to afford college are not applying for federal aid, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
TOO EXPENSIVE: The Clay School Board cancels plans to add GPS tracking for all its school buses, the Florida Times-Union reports.
HOW SAFE? Few Miami-Dade and Broward students bring guns to school, but the concerns occupy much time and planning for officials, the Miami Herald reports.