Florida education news: Home schooling, testing, field trips and more
OVERHAUL: Hillsborough superintendent Jeff Eakins gives more insight into his administrative reorganization.
TURNAROUND: Pinellas NAACP leaders call for dramatic improvements in the treatment of black children in public schools.
TEACHERS: The Florida Department of Education releases its latest critical shortage areas, with few changes from past years, Miami Today reports. • The Orange School Board aims to explain why so few teachers received a "highly effective" evaluation rating last year, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
HOME SCHOOLING: Manatee district leaders discuss procedures for monitoring home-schooled students and whether they can do better, the Bradenton Herald reports.
SUPERINTENDENTS: Lake School Board members consider options for a superintendent search to replace retiring Susan Moxley, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • The Polk School Board unexpectedly drops its superintendent search and offers the top job to its interim leader, the Ledger reports.
LAWSUITS: The Collier School Board might allow its superintendent to settle lawsuits against the district without board input, the Naples Daily News reports.
TESTING: Opt-out parents make their case to the Manatee School Board, the Bradenton Herald reports.
STARS AND BARS: The Indian River school district decides not to ban Confederate flags at schools, with leaders saying they can't legislate morality, TC Palm reports.
FIELD TRIPS: Some Madison parents complain about a lack of snacks for their children during an out-of-county field trip, the Madison County Carrier reports.
CONSTRUCTION NEEDS: The Manatee School Board reconsiders its stance on impact fees, the Herald-Tribune reports. • The Manatee board also formally agrees to shut down aging Orange Ridge-Bullock Elementary, the Bradenton Herald reports. • Aventura city leaders approve the construction of a new high school at the site of a vacated middle school, the Miami Herald reports. • The contentious site selection for a new high school in Bonita Springs nears completion, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. • The cost of construction bonds rises for Broward schools, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
TEACHER PAY: The Manatee school district mistakenly overpaid 174 teachers this year, the Bradenton Herald reports.
DISCRIMINATION: Proponents and opponents of LGBT rights dominate the Brevard School Board's public input session, Florida Today reports.
WAR OF WORDS: Some Leon teachers criticize a county commissioner who called several low-performing schools "pre-prison compounds," the Tallahassee Democrat reports.