Florida education news: Charter schools, public comments, Spanish lessons and more
TAKEOVER: The Pinellas School Board officially approves a district takeover of abruptly shuttered University Preparatory Academy charter school.
NAME CALLING: The Miami-Dade School Board doesn't allow public speakers to mention people by name during comments at meetings, WLRN reports.
LAWSUITS: A non-Spanish-speaking Miami-Dade teacher sues the district after she's denied a job that included teaching Spanish, the Miami New Times reports.
ONLINE EDUCATION: Feeling competition from other outlets, Florida Virtual School boosts its advertising effort, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
WHAT'S NEW? Duval district leaders announce 14 new schools and programs for the coming year, the Florida Times-Union reports. * Lee's superintendent reorganizes his leadership team, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
COLLEGE READINESS: The Manatee School Board approves new ways to identify students for college-level high school courses, the Bradenton Herald reports.
CONSTRUCTION DEBT: Lake School Board members consider borrowing options to pay for needed new schools, the Daily Commercial reports.
CONTRACTS: The Bay School Board tightens its definition of "local" for vendors seeking special consideration, the Panama City News Herald reports.
BUDGETS: Polk finance officials improve the district's budgeted unallocated reserves to 5 percent to meet School Board demands, the Ledger reports.
LUNCHROOMS: Some Broward schools could get new cafeterias, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
TAXES: St. Johns' school sales tax revenue exceeds expectations, the St. Augustine Record reports.
FIRED: A Polk teacher arrested in a child pornography sting loses his job, the Ledger reports.