Florida education news: GPS systems, testing, marijuana and more
SCHOOL BOUNDARIES: Proposals for new elementary school zones in southeastern Hillsborough County rile some parents. • The St. Johns School Board approves new attendance boundaries to ease campus crowding in high growth areas, News 4 Jax reports.
BUS TRACKING: The Hernando School Board wants to find a different provider for school bus GPS services.
SPECIAL EDUCATION: Hernando school district leaders defend the staffing levels and programs at their ESE cluster sites.
TESTING: State Senate education appropriations chairman David Simmons reiterates his call to lessen state testing, the News Service of Florida reports.
MARIJUANA: The Miami-Dade School Board calls upon lawmakers to ban medical marijuana dispensaries within 2,500 feet of schools, the Miami Herald reports.
SUPERINTENDENTS: The Lake School Board picks Clay County deputy superintendent Diane Kornegay to become its next superintendent, the Daily Commercial reports.
CAMPUS BRAWL: Deputies use tasers and pepper spray on students in a fight at an Alachua high school, the Independent Alligator reports. The fight might have been gang related, the Gainesville Sun reports.
TURNAROUNDS: A Polk charter school expects its improvement plan to stave off closure, the Ledger reports.
CHARTER SCHOOLS: A Manatee charter school prepares to expand into an abandoned district campus and could face expensive repairs, the Bradenton Herald reports.
SCHOOL VACCINATIONS: The Citrus School Board gives its reluctant approval to allow the Health Department to offer HPV shots in schools, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.
SCHEDULING: The Bay school district considers changing high school schedules from seven- to six-period days, the Panama City News Herald reports.
ARRESTED: A Brevard middle school student is arrested on charges of sexual battery against a schoolmate on campus, Florida Today reports.
NO MORE: Veteran Orange County School Board member Joie Cadle, a past president of the state school boards association, says she won't seek reelection, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
CAREER READY: Escambia County school and university leaders see career academies as improving the area workforce, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
BUDGETS: Palm Beach district officials anticipate a budget shortfall for the first time in seven years, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
BAD ACTS: Two former Palm Beach Gardens High employees are accused of using school credit cards for unauthorized expenses, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
PLAY TIME: A Leon School Board member calls for more recess in elementary schools, WFSU reports.