Florida education news: Civil rights, high school sports, opting out and more
CIVIL RIGHTS: The U.S. Department of Education opens an investigation into whether Pinellas County schools discriminate against black students.
STUDENT ATHLETES: The Florida Legislature gives high school athletes more freedom to keep playing sports after they transfer schools.
TESTING: A tiny number of Manatee third graders are recorded as opting out of the Florida Standards Assessments, the Bradenton Herald reports.
SCIENCE LESSONS: Manatee schools launch a science curriculum based on cooking, food and nutrition, the Bradenton Herald reports.
LEARN TO DRIVE: The Bay school district restarts its driver education program after a decade without, the Panama City News Herald reports.
HIS TEAM: Palm Beach superintendent Robert Avossa rebuilds his administration with officials from his previous district, the Palm Beach Post reports.
PAPERWORK: Papers containing personal information of a closed Volusia charter school are exposed after they blow out of a dumpster, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
IB: The Lake school district considers adding International Baccalaureate to two high schools, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
MAINTENANCE: Three Broward schools in need of repairs again will have to wait longer for the work, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
LABOR NEWS: Anna Fusco is the new president of the Broward Teachers Union, the Sun-Sentinel reports.