Florida education news: Contract talks, civics lessons, school grades and more
DOUBLE TALK: Pinellas district leaders downplay problems at their lowest performing schools, then appoint an expert to help fix them.
CIVICS LESSON: A Flagler middle school turns its civics class into a game show to make it more fun, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
TURNAROUNDS: Duval officials revamp plans to overhaul school zones and programs, the Florida Times-Union reports.
SCHOOL GRADES: A Florida Democrat lawmaker files legislation to change the state school grading model, the News Service of Florida reports.
LITERACY: A pilot reading program is showing strong success at four Indian River elementary schools, the Vero Beach Press-Journal reports.
FUNDING: Lee district leaders have questions about the governor's education budget, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
DRESS CODE: The Volusia School Board approves mandatory school uniforms, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
REAL APPLICATIONS: Some Escambia eighth graders put their academic lessons to the test with a gingerbread house architecture contest, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
PLAY TIME: The Polk School Board gives initial approval to daily elementary recess, the Ledger reports.
HOMELESS SHELTER: The Sarasota School Board tries to stay out of a debate over the location of a new homeless shelter near a school, the Herald-Tribune reports.
BUCKING THE TREND: Broward schools will continue to start classes in late August despite a new law allowing an earlier date, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
NEW SCHOOLS: The St. Johns School Board authorizes three new schools using revenue from a recently implemented local sales tax, the St. Augustine Record reports.
BULLYING: A Leon student organizes a school anti-bullying campaign, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
CRITICISM: A Leon assistant principal retires shortly after criticizing the superintendent, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.