Florida education news: Graduation, drug testing, incentive pay and more
GRADUATION HONORS: Pasco superintendent Kurt Browning backs off his proposal to eliminate high school valedictorians. Read his complete statement here.
FIGHTING FOR A CHANCE: A Miami-Dade charter school seeks a waiver to remain open despite consecutive failing state grades, the Miami Herald reports.
ACCUSATIONS: An FAMU professor sues the university alleging gender discrimination, WFSU reports.
DRUG TESTING: South Florida schools debate whether to launch drug testing of student-athletes, WPTV reports.
NOW HIRING: The Manatee school district has about 150 positions to fill before the start of classes, the Bradenton Herald reports. The district is also seeking a company to provide school security, the Bradenton Herald reports. • The Cape Coral charter school district picks an interim superintendent while seeking a permanent leader, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
EXTRA PAY: The Duval School Board accepts a multimillion-dollar grant to support incentives for faculty and administration in 36 struggling schools, the Florida Times-Union reports.
DINNER IS SERVED: The Flagler School Board approves a new free meals program for needy children in after-school programs, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
CAMPAIGNING: Some Seminole district employees face disciplinary action after improperly handing out campaign signs during a district tax referendum, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
LEARNING VS. ACHIEVING: Noted author Alfie Cohen visits north Florida to discuss the state of U.S. education, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.