Florida education news: Legislation, school improvement, two-year degrees and more
WHAT HAPPENED? Teachers won raises, charter schools got more money for construction, and a bill to allow guns in schools faltered. An education overview from the Florida Legislature. More from the Tallahassee Democrat.
FEELING POSITIVE: The Hillsborough school district reviews the pros, cons and challenges of its Empowering Effective Teachers efforts.
TURNING AROUND: Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough school leaders have a tricky and important task ahead in improving their most struggling schools, Times education editor Tom Tobin writes.
LANGUAGE LESSONS: A Brevard high school sees progress in its Mandarin Chinese courses and plans to expand offerings, Florida Today reports.
LEFTOVERS: Some departments in the Duval school district don't spend millions budgeted to them, the Florida Times-Union reports.
TEAM APPROACH: The Polk school district creates a 13-person team to guide its Common Core standards implementation, the Ledger reports.
LONGER: Just 2 percent of Florida college students complete two-year degrees in two years, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
CLOSING THE GAP: The Orange school district creates a top administrative job to focus on minority student achievement, the Orlando Sentinel reports.