Florida education news: Magnet schools, concussions, teacher retirements and more
TURNAROUNDS: Pinellas district leaders plan to add magnet programs to their most struggling schools, but area residents have their doubts.
FOOTBALL SAFETY: Flagler County schools will be the first in Florida to use technology to monitor head injuries to high school football players, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
BAD ACTS: A Palm Beach high school teacher is arrested for having sex with an underage teenage girl, the Palm Beach Post reports. * A former Brevard high school teacher gets 20 years in prison for having sex with a student, Florida Today reports.
SCHOOL VIOLENCE: Leesburg High in Lake County deals with another round of violence as administrators try to stem what they call a troubling trend, the Daily Commercial reports.
STUDENT DISCIPLINE: Lee County schools increasingly deal with student misbehavior through restorative justice rather than simple punishment, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
TAXES: Palm Beach School Board members threaten to walk away from a countywide sales tax initiative, the Palm Beach Post reports.
TEACHER DISCIPLINE: A Duval teacher is suspended 30 days after telling his special education students to behave like slaves as part of a lesson, WLTV reports.
SPECIAL NEEDS: Southeastern University in Lakeland will launch a new school for middle and high school students with physical and mental disabilities, the Ledger reports.
RIPPED OFF: An Osceola high school band booster is arrested for stealing funds from the group, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
TEACHERS NEEDED: Sarasota schools will have the most job openings in the past nine years as retirements rise, the Herald-Tribune reports.
NEVER MIND: The Broward schools interim police chief decides to step down, then changes his mind, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
BYOD: St. Johns students will be allowed to bring their own technology to school for classes beginning next fall, the St. Augustine Record reports.
ACHIEVEMENT GAP: Alachua civic leaders discuss ways to improve education for black students, the Gainesville Sun reports.
NIMBY: South Miami residents complain about the possible impacts to their community a proposed charter school might bring, the Miami Herald reports.