Florida education news: Charter schools, transgender restrooms, home schooling and more
CHARTER SCHOOLS: A closer look reveals questionable spending practices at three Pinellas charter schools run by Newpoint Education Partners.
GENDER ISSUES: Some Tampa area schools were working to improve their policies on transgender students before the Obama administration forced the issue. The Marion County school district won't comply, the Daily Commercial reports.
TURNAROUNDS: Teachers consider working at Pinellas County's most struggling schools.
NEW LIFE: The Hillsborough School Board approves new community uses for the old Meacham school, which once was the county's largest school for black students.
HOME SCHOOLING: The Miami-Dade school district created roadblocks for a family trying to home school its children, the AP reports.
CAMPUS SAFETY: The Duval school district underreported the number of guns brought to schools, First Coast News reports. • The Broward school district will overhaul its police force amid major problems, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
VISIT FLORIDA: A British court rules that a family may not be fined for taking its children out of school for a Florida vacation, the Birmingham Mail reports.
BAD ACTS: A Palm Beach school employee is arrested on allegations of using district funds for personal expenses, WPBF reports. • The Orange school district tries to shield the reasons why it dismisses teachers, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
$30 MILLION OWED? Three Miami-Dade teachers accuse the district of ignoring Florida's performance pay laws, the Miami Herald reports.
PLEDGE: An athiest group reminds all Florida school districts that students don't have to say the Pledge of Allegiance if they don't want to, WFTV reports. More from the Fort Myers News-Press.
RETALIATION: Teachers at a Palm Beach school say those who complained about their administration were improperly removed from their jobs, the Palm Beach Post reports.
TEACHER PAY: Volusia district leaders set employee raises as a budget priority, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
NEVER MIND: The Orange school district tells teachers they won't have to repay the district for "classroom assistance" money spent on snacks, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
COME TOGETHER: Polk school district leaders and Lakeland city officials want to talk about how to overcome concerns raised by an economic group that the district isn't good enough for businesses, the Ledger reports.
STAFFING: The Polk School Board considers changes in employee allocations, the Ledger reports.