Florida education news: Biometrics, cell phones, taxes and more
BANNED: A new law banning Florida schools from collecting student fingerprints and other biometrics kills the Pinellas district's time-saving lunch line identification program.
CELL PHONES: The Broward School Board tinkers with a proposal to stop parents from using cell phones while driving on school campuses, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
EQUITY: Community and education leaders seek ways to bring more equity to Osceola schools, Around Osceola reports.
MAKE IT CLEAR: Brevard School Board officials aim to write a tax referendum ballot with language that's easy for voters to understand, Florida Today reports.
STOP HARASSMENT: A Broward middle school student begins a HOPE (Helping Overcome Problems Effectively) club after her uncle's suicide, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
ONE MORE YEAR: The Manatee School Board agrees to extend superintendent Rick Mills' contract by one year, not the two he requested, the Bradenton Herald reports.
DISCIPLINE: A dismissed Okaloosa special education aide asks the School Board to reconsider its policies for handling out-of-control students, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
MOVING ON: The Polk School Board lowers the grade point average required for eighth-graders to move into high school, the Ledger reports.
MORE CONTROL: Bay principals get more authority over clubs in an effort to put more integrity into fundraising efforts, the Panama City News Herald reports.