Florida education news: Achievement gap, magnet schools, new chancellor and more
CLOSE THE GAP: Some prominent Pinellas African-American leaders say the school district could do more to narrow the achievement gap for students of different races.
'IT'S A PRIVILEGE': The Hernando School Board makes it easier for magnet schools to throw out poor performing students.
NEW CHANCELLOR: Marshall Criser III is approved as the new leader of the Florida university system.
TAX ISSUES: Proposed tax cuts including another year of the school supplies tax holiday will cost Florida government millions, the Herald-Tribune reports. • Brevard officials expect to close more schools if voters do not approve a local sales tax increase, Florida Today reports. • Manatee residents suggest increasing tax rates to support district operations, the Bradenton Herald reports.
SCHOOL SAFETY: A St. Johns student is arrested for bringing a gun to school, the Florida Times-Union reports.
DIVISIVENESS: The Clay School Board refuses to select a new chairman who's more friendly to the superintendent, the Florida Times-Union reports.
MORE MONEY: The Lake Wales charter system creates a development office to help raise money for the schools, the Ledger reports.
LABOR NEWS: The Bay teachers union ratifies its new contract with 94 percent of the vote, the Panama City News Herald reports. • Some Monroe officials question the district's furlough policy, the Keynoter reports.