Florida education news: Commissioner search, teacher raises, drama courses and more
BEHIND THE SCENES: The Florida Board of Education plans to discuss its commissioner search and other key items, with little information provided publicly ahead of time.
PROGRAM UNDER FIRE? Parents at an Alachua specialty school question whether their nationally recognized drama curriculum is being dismantled, the Gainesville Sun reports.
MORE CHOICES: A new private school for high school students with disabilities opens in Sarasota, the Bradenton Herald reports.
STANDARDS: A growning number of Florida lawmakers question the Common Core as they prepare for committee weeks in Tallahassee, State Impact Florida reports.
FREE FOOD: Four Manatee schools begin serving free dinner to needy students after school, the Bradenton Herald reports.
ON THE RISE: Okaloosa's stem school, which once faced possible closure, sees enrollment increase, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports. • Volusia schools see an end to their seven-year enrollment decline, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. • Lake schools continue to grow, but impact fees don't keep up, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
GUNS IN SCHOOL: Sarasota Military Academy teaches students the science and history of guns, including time at the firing range, the Herald-Tribune reports.
MORE MONEY: The Florida Board of Education considers a budget request that would increase per-student funding and add more cash for classroom technology, State Impact Florida reports.