Florida education news: Charter schools, school grades, dress code and more
SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION: The Florida House fast tracks a measure to curtail what it sees as overspending of school building projects amid district denials. The plan would shift more money to charter schools, the AP reports.
BUSING: The Manatee school district tries to shed its responsibility for busing charter school students, the Bradenton Herald reports.
CHARTER SCHOOLS: Two St. Johns charter schools win shorter-than-usual contract extensions, the St. Augustine Record reports. • A Manatee charter conversion school might get permission to transform a traditional middle school, the Bradenton Herald reports. More from the Herald-Tribune.
TESTING: Lee County schools test their computer systems in advance of spring state assessments, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
DON'T COME BACK: The Manatee School Board upholds its ban on a former employee getting a new job in the district, the Bradenton Herald reports.
LABOR NEWS: The Bay School Board approves a new teacher contract, the Panama City News Herald reports.
BACK TO SCHOOL: Under parent pressure, the Collier School Board changes its first day of school for 2016-17, the Naples Daily News reports.
DISCRIMINATION: The Brevard School Board discusses but does not vote on a proposal to add protections for LGBT individuals to its nondiscrimination policy, Florida Today reports.
SCHOOL GRADES: Duval School Board members call for better plans to improve the district's low performing schools, the Florida Times-Union reports.
DRESS CODE: Blue jeans remain an approved part of Volusia's mandatory student uniform, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
SUPERINTENDENTS: Sitting Polk School Board members signal a lack of support for their embattled superintendent, the Ledger reports.
REHIRING: Leon School Board members raise concerns about rehiring retired employees to top district jobs, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.