Florida education news: Charter school, impact fees, Common Core and more
ACCUSATIONS FLY: Pinellas district officials say leaders of University Prep charter school lied about student transportation issues and jeopardized student safety.
IMPACT FEES: The Hernando School Board moves to end a moratorium on school impact fees for new construction.
BACK AND FORTH: The debate between Common Core supporters and detractors continues at a second state public hearing in Davie, the Sun-Sentinel reports. More from the Miami Herald. • State and district officials suggest Florida is not backing away from Common Core, the Florida Times-Union reports. More from the Hechinger Report.
ZERO TOLERANCE: A Nassau parent questions the district's commitment to zero tolerance for fighting after a bus incident, First Coast News reports. • The Osceola School Board vacates the suspension of an 8-year-old who pretended his finger was a gun in school, the UPI reports.
SEEKING A CHALLENGE: A Seminole family sues to have their son put into a more difficult math class in school, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
STUCK ON THE BUS: A 4-year-old Broward boy is left on the school bus four hours and never makes it to class, WSVN reports.
NEW HOME: AMIKids Jacksonville school for troubled youths breaks ground on an improved campus, the Florida Times-Union reports.
GET IT DONE: Florida education commissioner Pam Stewart needs to show more fortitude than her predecessors to fix the state's lingering education system problems, the Sun-Sentinel editorializes.
ANGRY PARENTS: Changes to Collier's after-school programs spark upset reactions from parents at a School Board workshop, the Naples Daily News reports.
STANDOFF: The Clay School Board and superintendent do not resolve their dispute over a controversial conference, the Florida Times-Union reports.
LABOR NEWS: Flagler teachers tentatively agree to a contract with average 6 percent raises, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. • Lake teachers reach a deal for average raises of 4.75 percent, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
CLEANUP: Starke Elementary in Bradford County is scheduled to reopen in March after all its mold is removed, the Gainesville Sun reports.