Florida education news: Finances, school zones, magnet schools and more
FINANCES: The Hillsborough School Board calls for a full-scale efficiency audit in the wake of depleting reserves. * St. Johns voters approve a sales tax for school projects, the St. Augustine Record reports. * Lake County voters renew their local sales tax for schools, the Daily Commercial reports.
BOUNDARIES: Some Pasco parents raise red flags about a proposal to rezone their children into schools that take them through heavy traffic.
MAGNET SCHOOLS: Plans to open new Pasco magnet schools are unlikely to materialize in time for a 2016 opening.
SUPPORT: A Hernando school and community rally behind a teacher who has cancer.
TESTING: Brevard's superintendent suspends 192 district-mandated tests, Florida Today reports. * New FEA president Joanne McCall says she will continue to oppose Florida's "testing mania," the Orlando Sentinel reports.
SCHOOL SAFETY: A Lee second grader brings an unloaded gun to school, WINK reports.
HANDS OFF: A Seminole eighth grader violates her school's "no hugging" ban and gets detention, WKMG reports.
TURNAROUNDS: A Florida House committee backs a bill that would grant principals new powers to overhaul struggling schools, Bay News 9 reports.
SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT: Manatee principals and SAC chairmen get trained, the Bradenton Herald reports.
SCHOOL SITES: Collier district leaders aren't big fans of a proposed new high school site that Bonita Springs residents oppose, the Naples Daily News reports. * Orange County officials discuss whether to allow new schools on smaller lot sizes, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
COMMUNICATION: Duval School Board members criticize their superintendent over the way he talks to them, the Florida Times-Union reports.
CHARTER SCHOOLS: The Palm Beach school district prepares to deny another Charter Schools USA application, the Palm Beach Post reports.
LAWSUITS: A former Manatee administrator sues the district again, the Herald-Tribune reports.
GAPS: Alachua district leaders say they need to find ways to bridge the achievement gap, the Gainesville Sun reports.