Florida education news: Catholic school enrollment, a third-grade snafu, useful research and more
UPSWING: The Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg is bucking national trends with increasing enrollment, and its new school superintendent aims to keep it that way.
TESTING NEWS: A glitch involving the state's third-grade reading test at a Duval County elementary school puts at least one student in limbo, the Florida Times-Union reports.
WHAT STEM CAN DO: A University of Central Florida professor, using a federal grant, studies chemical weapons with the goal of some day finding new ways to defeat them, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
CHANGING COURSE: Facing enrollment declines in high-level science and math courses, the Bay County school district is working on ways to steer more kids to those subjects, the Panama City News Herald reports.
FUTURISTIC: In Volusia County, officials are planning a makeover for Pierson Elementary School that will include 90,000 square feet, a “wet space” for science projects, flexible classrooms and other 21st century features, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
CHARTER REPAIR: The St. Johns County School District prepares to take over First Coast Technical College after its charter was terminated, the St. Augustine Record reports.
A-OK: The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission has decided to renew State College of Florida's accreditation for another 10 years, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports.