Florida education news: Funding, texting, politics and more
INADEQUATE FUNDING: A parent lawsuit challenging Florida's education funding begins moving forward in court four years after it was filed.
DON'T FOLLOW FLORIDA: North Carolina leaders are right not to adopt Florida's strategy of lowering test passing scores to give the appearance of success, the Charlotte Observer editorializes.
NO TEXTING: Santa Rosa and Escambia schools aim to convince students not to text and drive, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
CORE POLITICS: The Common Core State Standards continue to face a challenge in Tallahassee, the Herald-Tribune reports. • Orlando Sentinel columnist Scott Maxwell says Florida politicians should give it a rest with their education "reforms" and start doing right by kids.
MISLEADING: The Florida Board of Education's recent decision to shield schools from multiple letter-grade drops has many people in Brevard questioning the system, Florida Today reports.
TRY, TRY AGAIN: The Marion School Board considers seeking approval for a local tax increase just a year after its most recent referendum failed, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
OUTREACH: Broward superintendent Robert Runcie holds a rare town hall meeting to begin an effort of improving the district's community relations, the Miami Herald reports.
CATCHING UP: The Bay district plans to open a credit recovery school for high school students who have fallen behind, the Panama City News-Herald reports.
PULLING OUT: A Volusia charter school applicant withdraws before the school district has a chance to reject it, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
REBUILDING: A Lee high school improves its image as it revamps its campus and curriculum, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.