Florida education news: Construction, class size, dual-language immersion and more
NEW SCHOOL: Pinellas officials prepare to rebuild aging Largo High School.
CROWDING: Connerton Elementary in Pasco turns to co-teaching to deal with an oversized kindergarten class. • Broward schools expect a $1.1 million fine for failing to meet class size requirements, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
FEW CHOICES: Students in dual language immersion programs at two Pinellas elementary schools have no programs to continue their language lessons in middle school.
NOT TRUE: U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is not correct in saying the Common Core is a venue to turn the U.S. Department of Education into a national school board, Politifact Florida reports. • The Leon School Board has questions about implementation of the standards, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
NO FELONS ALLOWED: Edison State College adopts a policy to reject applicants with criminal backgrounds, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
TAXES: The Brevard School Board places a local sales tax referendum on its November 2014 ballot, Florida Today reports.
WHISTLEBLOWER: A former employee of Manatee School for the Arts charter school wins damages and back pay in his lawsuit against the school, the Bradenton Herald reports.
CUSTOMER SERVICE: The Lee school district launches a new parent communication system, the Naples Daily News reports.
LABOR NEWS: Polk teachers reach a tentative agreement on pay raises, the Ledger reports. • The Bay School Board approves its proposed contract for support personnel, the Panama City News Herald reports. • The Lee School Board approves raises for support staff, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
MISSING FOOD: A Sarasota cafeteria worker resigns amid an investigation into missing food, the Herald-Tribune reports.