Florida education news: Charter schools, testing, high school sports and more
TESTING: Preliminary state test results show Pasco schools performing largely along socioeconomic lines. * Two Panhandle superintendents challenge the state's use of test scores, the Pensacola News-Journal reports. * Alachua's superintendent urges parents to voice their concerns over testing, the Gainesville Sun reports.
IN THE HUNT: Former Hernando County commissioner Rose Rocco announces her candidacy for Hernando School Board. * A candidate for Escambia superintendent is arrested on identity theft charges, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
STUDENT ATHLETES: The FHSAA asks state lawmakers to make it easier to crack down on high school sports recruiting violations.
IN THE FIELD: Hernando High agriculture students use drones to study their crops.
MORE THAN MEALS: The cafeteria manager at Pasco Zephyrhills High supports students in need.
NO PETS ALLOWED: The Okaloosa school district bans all animals from its campuses, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
JEB BUSH: Florida's battle over testing and accountability could affect Jeb Bush's presidential campaign, the AP reports.
SUPERINTENDENTS: Lee residents like their new superintendent, but not the way the School Board handled the hiring process, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
LET US PRAY: The Okaloosa School Board considers whether to continue praying before meetings, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
BUSING: Some Palm Beach middle schools will change their start times in an effort to ease continued late bus arrivals, the Palm Beach Post reports.
PLAY TIME: Polk parents ask for recess to return to their elementary schools, the Ledger reports.
HYPNOSIS: More details emerge about the former Sarasota principal who hypnotized students, the Herald-Tribune reports.
MENTORS: Leon County deputies will volunteer to help second and third graders in some south Tallahassee neighborhoods, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.