Florida education news: Dropout prevention, community schools, testing opt-out and more
DROPOUT PREVENTION: Pinellas County high school leaders implement programs to help students make a more successful transition into freshman year.
COMMUNITY SCHOOLS: Hillsborough County officials look to make Mort Elementary School a model community school that offers health and social services along with education.
TOP PRIORITY: Seven Hillsborough schools serving low-income neighborhoods will get added attention to bolster their performance.
TEACHER DISCIPLINE: Florida rates near the middle nationally when it comes to teacher background checks and related matters, the Pensacola News-Journal reports. More from the Fort Myers News-Press, with sidebar. • A Seminole teacher loses her Florida certification for showing students a wooden carving of genitalia, using obscene language and other indiscretions, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
TESTING: Leon County parents push for a local opt-out movement, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
SUPERINTENDENTS: Polk County superintendent Kathryn LeRoy resigns under pressure, Fox News 13 reports. • Relations between Duval School Board members and their superintendent deteriorate, the Florida Times-Union reports.
SAFETY: Florida schools aim to provide security measures to allow education to take place smoothly, ABC 7 reports.
LEADERSHIP: Volusia School Board members split over the panel's participation in the Florida School Boards Association, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
TAXES: Revenue from the Bay school district's local sales tax rises 7 percent, the Panama City News Herald reports.
NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOLS: Broward district officials will crack down on families who lie about their addresses to change their schools, the Sun-Sentinel reports.