Florida education news: Elections, prayers, unions and more
KEY ISSUE: Education should be among the top priorities for Florida's next governor, the Times editorializes.
CHURCH AND STATE: The Orange School Board says high school football teams may no longer have outside pastors as chaplains, Fox News columnist Todd Starnes writes.
MORE KIDS: The Manatee school district sees 2 percent enrollment growth and might have to do more hiring, the Bradenton Herald reports.
LABOR NEWS: The Brevard School Board approves a new teacher contract, then raises concerns about the teacher ratification given unrest in the local union, Florida Today reports.
LET THEM VOTE: A circuit judge says the Clay School Board can proceed with its November vote on whether to keep electing the schools superintendent, the Florida Times-Union reports.
NEVER MIND: The Marion School Board backs off its proposal to fully restore art and music classes to elementary schools, the Ocala Star-Banner reports. • The Bay School Board moves to overturn its policy that eliminated valedictorian and salutatorian honors, the Panama City News Herald reports.
TAXES: Volusia voters approve a local sales tax to support school capital projects (but oust all incumbents seeking reelection), the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. • Orange County voters approve a local school sales tax extension, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
FOR THEIR KIDS: Two Pensacola moms start fundraising to help them afford a private school that specializes in instructing their children with autism, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.