Florida education news: Dress code, third grade retention, opt out and more
NO-DRESS DRESS CODE: Pasco's Ridgewood High proposes a strict new dress code that would ban dresses and skirts as a distraction, among other changes.
ENCOURAGING WORDS: Hillsorough superintendent Jeff Eakins tells teachers to do all they can to support student success.
PROMOTION: Florida schools retained fewer third graders in 2015 than in any other year since the state's reading retention law took effect, the Orlando Sentinel reports. * Fourteen parents plan to sue the state over the retention law, the Herald-Tribune reports.
SECURITY: The Marion school district and city of Ocala reach a cost-sharing deal for school resource officers, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
CLEANUP: A Bay school continues to repair damages left by vandals, the Panama City News Herald reports.
FUTURE PLANS: Junior Achievement helps Duval middle school boys with choices, but needs more follow through, the Florida Times-Union reports.
TAXES: The Highlands School Board ponders a property tax decrease as it asks voters to consider a sales tax increase, Highlands Today reports.
SCHOOL GRADES: Four Volusia schools get "incomplete" ratings after higher than expected numbers of students skip the state writing test, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
SCHOOL SPIRIT: Leon High School's principal will investigate claims that a complaining student should have made the cheer squad, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.