Florida education news: Charter schools, gender issues, school hours and more
CHARTER SCHOOLS: New principal Portia Slaughter moves to quickly transform shuttered University Prep into Pinellas district-run Midtown Academy.
GENDER ISSUES: A Pinellas Park private school's principal generates upset and anger with his anti-gay rant on a stranger's Facebook post.
DRESS CODE: Two Pasco schools get tentative approval to adopt stricter attire rules, including the county's first mandatory uniforms at Hudson Elementary.
TURNAROUNDS: Two St. Lucie schools get one year to improve their grades to C or better, TC Palm reports. * Duval's improvement plans for two elementary schools run into problems with the state, the Florida Times-Union reports.
ARTS EDUCATION: A USF Sarasota-Manatee center expands as it becomes a state resource for integrating arts in education, the Bradenton Herald reports.
LABOR NEWS: Marion's superintendent proposes employee pay raises, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
TAXES: The Bay school district proposes a small property tax rate decrease, the Panama City News Herald reports. * Duval, too, the Florida Times-Union reports. * Flagler's proposed tax rate is its lowest in 22 years, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
TIME ON TASK: Palm Beach district leaders consider extending the elementary school day by 30 minutes, the Palm Beach Post reports.
GROWTH: The Monroe school district prepares to replace one of its elementary schools to accommodate rising enrollment, the Keynoter reports.