Florida education news: Busing, testing, home schooling and more
BUSING: The Hillsborough school district considers ending courtesy busing for students living 2 miles or closer to school. * A state audit finds problems in the Palm Beach district's transportation department, the Palm Beach Post reports.
TESTING: The Pasco school district makes some of its quarterly tests optional for schools to use. * The Alachua school district purchases AP, IB and Cambridge exams for students, the Gainesville Sun reports.
LAWSUITS: Florida Education Association lawyers file their argument to the Florida Supreme Court seeking standing to challenge the state corporate tax credit scholarship program, Florida Politics reports.
CHARTER SCHOOLS: The Lake School Board rejects an application to open a new charter, the Daily Commercial reports. * Volusia district officials recommend against a new charter school applicant, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
SUPERINTENDENTS: One finalist withdraws from the Sarasota superintendent search, the Herald-Tribune reports.
PRIVATE SCHOOLS: A Miami Catholic school will close because of shrinking enrollment, the Miami Herald reports.
INFIGHTING: Duval School Board members continue to battle over how to set academic goals, the Florida Times-Union reports.
HOME SCHOOLING: African-Americans make up the fastest growing sector of home schoolers in Florida, WFSU reports.
CONSTRUCTION FUNDS: Volusia leaders reach a tentative deal to keep school impact fees at their current level, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
CAMPAIGN TRAIL: Incumbent Leon superintendent Jackie Pons yanks a controversial ad against his opponent and apologizes for it, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.