Florida education news: Homelessness, teacher evaluations, balanced budgets and more
HOMELESSNESS: The Pinellas school district works to identify and help its homeless students.
CHARTER SCHOOLS: The Hillsborough School Board prepares to close down Florida Virtual Academy for "gross neglect." * A sports-themed charter school supported by rapper Pitbull opens in West Palm Beach, the Palm Beach Post reports.
EVALUATIONS: Florida school districts change their teacher evaluation instruments but continue to get the same results, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
READING LESSONS: Eight Marion elementary schools try to improve their reading instruction after falling onto the state's Lowest 300 list, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
SUPERINTENDENTS: The Sarasota School Board will meet to narrow its field of superintendent applicants, the Herald-Tribune reports. * Reelected Martin superintendent Laurie Gaylord sets early language literacy as a key goal for her new term, TC Palm reports. * Lee superintendent Greg Adkins calls for a culture change in public education, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
BALANCED, BUT... : The proposed Manatee school district budget doesn't include unassigned savings that School Board members wanted, the Bradenton Herald reports.
GOING UP: The Orange school district considers building a six-story school as it looks at smaller than usual pieces of property in its efforts to ease crowding, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
FOOTBALL FIRST? A district investigation shows a Broward high school allowed cheating, grade changes and favoritism toward football players in 2014, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
BACK TO SCHOOL: Leon and Wakulla schools will resume classes Wednesday after coping with the strike of Tropical Storm Hermine, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.