Florida education news: Achievement gap, teacher raises, blended learning and more
ACHIEVEMENT GAP: Pinellas school and community leaders call for renewed efforts to overcome gaps in academic performance among demographic groups.
FAR APART: Hernando teachers and district representatives cannot reach agreement on pay raises.
BLENDED LEARNING: Select students at Pasco's Smith Middle School take all their classes online while in the school with their teachers.
ONGOING DISPUTE: The Clay School Board plans to review superintendent Charlie Van Zant Jr.'s participation in a conference that appears partisan, the Florida Times-Union reports.
FEE FIGHT: A court clears the path for the city of Ocala to sue the Marion School Board over unpaid utility fees, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
GETTING READY: Florida Polytechnic University continues to prepare for its first students, the Ledger reports.
ACCESSIBILITY: Volusia school leaders seek to add more technology to classrooms for students, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
PERFORMANCE PAY: Florida Gulf Coast University officials approve a formula to judge the school's performance, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. • Florida State University officials consider their performance funding formula, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
DISCIPLINE: A Seminole teacher is suspended for taping a student's hands and mouth, but his punishment could have been worse, the Orlando Sentinel reports.