Florida education news: Discipline, student achievement, school crowding and more
DISCIPLINE: A Pinellas middle school student experiences racial disparities in how his school metes out discipline.
NEEDS IMPROVEMENT: Pasco superintendent Kurt Browning has a renewed sense of urgency to improve academic performance as he enters his second term. * Duval district leaders seek answers as their student achievement gap barely moves, the Florida Times-Union reports.
ENROLLMENT: Hillsborough district officials look for ways to balance student populations as enrollment grows in some areas but shrinks in others.
GENDER ISSUES: The principal of a Pinellas private school resigns amid national furor over his anti-gay statements on Facebook.
JACKPOT? Highlands school district leaders criticize the state over the limited amount of lottery funds going to K-12 education, Highlands Today reports.
PRICED OUT: Monroe schools lose teachers because they cannot afford housing costs, the Florida Keys News reports.
PLAY TIME: A group of Miami-Dade parents continue to push for dedicated recess time at elementary schools, the Miami Herald reports.
CHARTER SCHOOLS: Florida's charter school movement grows, but not without its share of conflict and problems, WUSF reports. * The St. Johns school district aims to overhaul a former charter school it took over, the St. Augustine Record reports.
SUPERINTENDENTS: A Clay School Board member calls for a fraud investigation against superintendent Charlie Van Zant Jr., Clay Today reports.
SICK SCHOOLS: A Seminole school is disinfected after a suspected norovirus outbreak, WESH reports.
CONSTRUCTION: Two Citrus schools get the finishing touches on summer projects before students arrive, the Citrus County Chronicle reports. * Florida schools fall behind in maintenance and repair after years of limited capital funding, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
BACK TO SCHOOL: Several new programs begin as students return to Lake County schools, the Daily Commercial reports.
PRESSURE: Florida's students and teachers feel the stress of added demands in school, the Miami Herald reports.
WHERE'S THE BUS? All Seminole school buses will have GPS in them this year, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
SUMMER SCHOOL: Volusia and Flagler schools keep students learning over the summer, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.