Florida education news: Common Core, free meals, tutoring and more
TAKING A BREAK: State Rep. Mark Danish will stop teaching at Benito Middle School while he runs for reelection.
COMMON CORE: Three Pasco elementary schools will pilot Pearson Forward K-5, a Common Core curriculum. • Florida Board of Education chairman Gary Chartrand says the state should stay on track with implementing the Common Core, the Jacksonville Business Journal reports. • More on the Common Core from the Sun-Sentinel.
EAT UP: The Pinellas school district expands its free meal program for students.
100 DAYS: Hernando superintendent Lori White sets an ambitious plan for her first few months as a district leader.
BACK TO SCHOOL: Hillsborough superintendent MaryEllen Elia talks about past successes and looks ahead to a new year of classes. Hillsborough law enforcement officials remind drivers to stop for school buses loading and unloading students.
AT ATTENTION: Mitchell High School's JROTC students are back training for another year.
TUTORING LESSONS: Florida lawmakers should tighten the laws that allow public school teachers to profit from federal tutoring programs, the Times editorializes.
EVIDENCE: Bradenton police release information tying Manatee district administrators to their investigation against a former football assistant coach, the Bradenton Herald reports. More from the Herald-Tribune.
SOUNDS OF SILENCE: A Broward high school loses its jazz band to budget cuts, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
CLEARED: A Duval School Board member is cleared of any wrongdoing in supporting a contract for a company her sister worked at, the Florida Times-Union reports.
ESE SUPPORT: Polk parents lament the loss of special education assistance because of decreased federal funding, the Ledger reports.
SCHEDULING WOES: A Broward middle school messes up student schedules for a fourth straight year, the Miami Herald reports.
LABOR NEWS: Volusia teachers will get 5.3 percent raises, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. • The Escambia School Board prepares to increase substitute teacher pay to make them more competitive, the Pensacola News-Journal reports. • An arbitrator rules that hundreds of Broward teachers are due back pay for teaching an extra class last year, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
NO RUSH: The Lee School Board doesn't immediately look to renegotiate its contract with superintendent Nancy Graham after calling off its national search, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
TAKE THE BUS: A blind Lake County mom wins a school bus ride for her 5-year-old son after the district had ended courtesy busing, the Orlando Sentinel reports.