Florida education news: Bonuses, charter schools, construction needs and more
BONUSES: The Florida Senate keeps alive the controversial Best and Brightest bonus based on educators' college entry exams.
NO SMOKING: A Pasco Sunlake junior rises to a statewide role in Students Working Against Tobacco.
CHARTER SCHOOLS: The Florida House looks to create a state-level charter school authorizer via constitutional amendment. The effort targets the Palm Beach school district, the Palm Beach Post reports. • Residents of a Collier rural residential area complain that a proposed new charter school doesn't fit their community, the Naples Daily News reports.
COME TOGETHER: Members of the Charlotte, Manatee and Sarasota school boards convene to discuss working as a coalition to advance joint causes, the Bradenton Herald reports.
PUBLIC COMMENT: The Clay School Board kills a proposal to eliminate public comment during a regular board meeting, the Florida Times-Union reports.
CONSTRUCTION FUNDS: Duval's superintendent says his school district needs about $1 billion to improve its aging schools, the Florida Times-Union reports.
S.O.S.: Parents and faculty at an aging elementary school in a poor neighborhood worry about proposals to shut down the campus, the Bradenton Herald reports. • Taylor County residents fret about the consequences of dwindling enrollment at their small elementary school, WCTV reports.
SECOND CHANCES: A new learning center opens in Volusia County to serve high school dropouts, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
GENDER EQUITY: A Sarasota school changes its restroom policy to accommodate transgender students, the Herald-Tribune reports.
BACK TO SCHOOL: The Sarasota School Board changes its date for the first day of classes in 2016-17 after parents protest, the Herald-Tribune reports.
SPECIAL EDUCATION: Broward parents and advocates protest the district's treatment of students with special needs, the Sun-Sentinel reports.