Florida education news: Achievement gap, student discipline, Confederate flag and more
ACHIEVEMENT GAP: The Pinellas school district hires its first-ever minority achievement officer to help change the way black children are educated.
STUDENT DISCIPLINE: Hillsborough schools make strides toward fewer suspensions of minority students. • Parents are upset their middle schooler is disciplined for using a child's butter knife to cut a peach while at her Broward school, ABC Local 10 reports.
ANTI-BULLYING: A Pasco teen brings his anti-bullying message to local elementary schools.
TESTING: Orange County students see Florida's biggest gains in Advanced Placement participation, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
ELECTION AFTERMATH: Students at a Miami-Dade high school are disciplined for bringing a Confederate flag to school, the Miami Herald reports.
VIRTUAL EDUCATION: The University of Florida revamps its online undergraduate program to something smaller and more practical, Inside Higher Ed reports.
SCHOOL GRADES: A Bay County B-rated charter middle school makes plans to return to an A, the Panama City News Herald reports.
LAWSUITS: The Palm Beach school board might settle for $100,000 a case involving a student who was hurt playing pickup football at school, the Palm Beach Post reports.
TURNAROUNDS: Leaders of a struggling Polk middle school explain their efforts to improve student performance, the Ledger reports.
LABOR NEWS: Manatee non-instructional staff approve a new contract, the Bradenton Herald reports.