Florida education news: Community school, teacher shortage, Zika and more
COMMUNITY SCHOOLING: Students and families at Mort Elementary in Tampa will gain added social and educational services as it becomes Hillsborough County's first "community school."
STANDARDS: A candidate for Florida Legislature draws fire for claims he fought against the Common Core, the Sunshine State News reports.
TEACHER SHORTAGE: Marion schools will begin classes with 96 full-time teacher jobs open, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
NEW DIRECTION: A Palm Beach teacher explains why she's leaving the profession after a decade, the Palm Beach Post reports.
SCHOOL CHOICE: The Palm Beach school district unexpectedly opens 75 additional seats in two highly coveted magnet schools, the Palm Beach Post reports. More from the Sun-Sentinel. * A private bus company stops providing bus service to Brevard choice schools, leaving hundreds of students in the lurch, Florida Today reports. * Rogers Garden Elementary fails as a magnet school, leaving the Manatee district to turn it into something different, the Bradenton Herald reports.
ZIKA: St. Johns schools change their rules on applying mosquito repellent, the St. Augustine Record reports.
CAMPAIGN TRAIL: A Highlands resident complains that signs supporting a school sales tax referendum are posted on school district property, Highlands Today reports. * Leon superintendent Jackie Pons offers the first "state of the district" speech of his tenure while facing a tough reelection campaign, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
LABOR NEWS: After months of bitter negotiations, ratification approaches for Volusia's teacher contract, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
ORIENTATION: A Volusia high school gives incoming freshmen a head start in getting to know their campus, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. * Some Escambia middle school teachers offer tips for surviving sixth grade, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
CLOSER LOOK: The Clay School Board will hold a special session to discuss accusations of fraud against its superintendent, the Florida Times-Union reports.