Florida education news: High school graduations, charter schools, bus driver training and more
VALS AND SALS: The Hernando School Board considers, and then drops, the idea of changing how the district chooses its top graduates.
CHARTER SCHOOLS: A state lawmakers seeks to make clear that charter schools may not forcibly remove students because of low test scores. • The Pasco School Board gives initial approval to a new charter school for students with special needs. • The Broward School Board approves 19 new charters, the Sun-Sentinel reports. • Collier officials move to shut down an Immokalee charter school they say is mismanaged, the Naples Daily News reports.
DRIVER TRAINING: Hillsborough school bus drivers get extra instruction on the proper care and treatment of kindergarten students.
STUDENT RIGHTS: A Hernando teacher is suspended after forcing a Jehovah's Witness student to say the Pledge of Allegiance against his faith.
THE FLORIDA WAY: West Virginia leaders look to Florida for education reform ideas, West Virginia Metro News reports.
THEY'RE IN: Florida Polytechnic University gets its first paying students, the Ledger reports.
NAME CHANGE: A Duval School Board member formally asks her colleagues to consider renaming a school named after a KKK grand wizard, the Florida Times-Union reports.
CANCELED: The Volusia School Board cancels its meeting over safety concerns as residents gather to protest a history textbook, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
CHOICE: The Lee school district changes its school choice policy to make it easier for parents, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
TRY AGAIN: The Orange County Commission rejects the school district's selected site for a new high school, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
ANOTHER VOTE: The Sarasota School Board reconsiders a key vote amid accusations it did not act in accordance with state sunshine laws, the Herald-Tribune reports.
GRADUATION RULES: Florida House members seek to clarify new rules governing high school graduation, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.