Florida education news: Back to school, alternate tests, social media monitoring and more
BACK TO SCHOOL: Tampa Bay area students and teachers return to school earlier than usual this summer, as district leaders take advantage of a law change relating to the first day of classes. See the rest of the Tampa Bay Times back to school coverage here.
TESTING: Some central Florida school district officials push for more options than the Florida Standards Assessments, WFTV reports.
STICKY FINGERS: A former member of a Polk high school's athletic booster club is arrested on accusations he took club money for personal use, WTSP reports.
PRYING EYES: Florida school districts increase their use of social media monitoring, News 13 reports.
WORKING FOR PENNIES: High school athletic coaches are paid much less in Florida than in other states, the Herald-Tribune reports.
CHARTER SCHOOLS: Marion County's only charter high school sees enrollment soar, the Ocala Star-Banner reports. * A controversial Orange County charter school is allowed to move ahead after cutting its planned enrollment in half, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
DROPOUT PREVENTION: Two struggling Bay middle schools add teachers to help at-risk students, the Panama City News Herald reports.
TEACHER PAY: Some Miami-Dade school district leaders call for improved teacher pay as the district's budget exceeds $5 billion for the first time, the Miami Herald reports. * Palm Beach teachers are to receive smaller than usual pay raises as School Board members worry about tight revenue, the Palm Beach Post reports.
ACHIEVEMENT GAP: Volusia schools aim to direct more minority students into advanced classes, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
TURNAROUNDS: The Polk school district seeks improvement plans for five low performing schools, to avoid threatened closure, the Ledger reports.
ANOTHER REQUIREMENT: Florida high school students must pass a financial literacy course for graduation, the Palm Beach Post reports.