Florida education news: Discipline, state takeover, security and more
STUDENT DISCIPLINE: Hillsborough schools make strides in reducing suspensions and more evenly meting out punishment among races. • The Manatee school district changes its practices on reporting student expulsions, the Bradenton Herald reports.
STATE CONTROL? A Leon County commissioner calls for a state takeover of low performing inner city schools in Tallahassee, WCTV reports.
SUPERINTENDENTS: The St. Johns School Board makes plans to choose a new superintendent in 2017, the St. Augustine Record reports. • The Polk School Board approves a contract for its new interim superintendent, the Ledger reports. Rumors swirl over the district's assistant superintendent, the Ledger reports.
TESTING: A bill to allow Florida students to take alternatives to state tests is faltering in the Legislature, the Sunshine State News reports.
SECURITY: Two Lake County high school students are charged with having a gun on campus, the Daily Commercial reports. • The Broward schools police chief resigns amid an overhaul of the department, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
SEGREGATION: The NAACP continues to raise questions about whether Indian River schools have desegregated, TCPalm reports.
DISCRIMINATION: The Brevard School Board kills a proposal to provide equal employment protections for LGBT individuals, Florida Today reports.
MODERNIZATION: Five Flagler students help redesign their school media center to accommodate technology and collaboration, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
LANGUAGES: A bill to make computer coding count as a foreign language requirement moves ahead in the Florida Legislature, in a watered down version, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
LABOR NEWS: Polk teachers don't want their contract concerns to be lost as the district's administration turns over, the Ledger reports.
INVESTIGATION: A review of a Polk software development contract reveals problems, the Ledger reports.
FUNDING: Leon officials seek state renewal of a grant for a project that brings students firsthand information about Russian peasants, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.