Florida education news: Mentors, discipline, Advanced Placement and more
HELPING HAND: Students at Pasco's Hudson High School mentor children at neighboring Northwest Elementary School in reading.
ACHIEVEMENT GAP: A Pinellas district official says "unconscious bias" affects the way student discipline is meted out.
LANGUAGES: The Florida Senate approves a measure that would allow students to take computer coding as a foreign language graduation requirement.
SPECIAL EDUCATION: A Florida Senate panel advances a bill that would help deaf students enter regular education classes, the Herald-Tribune reports.
COLLEGE COURSES: Orange County high school students will have more access to technical courses at Valencia College, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
LOBBYING: Former education commissioner Tony Bennett registers as a Florida lobbyist, Florida Politics reports.
LEADERSHIP: Florida's principal of the year talks about her approach to the job, the Daily Commercial reports. • A Palm Beach elementary school principal abruptly resigns, the Palm Beach Post reports. Another Palm Beach principal is reprimanded for scolding a former employee, the Palm Beach Post reports.
EARLY EDUCATION: Duval early education leaders question preliminary readiness data on local prekindergarten providers, the Florida Times-Union reports.
SPARKS: A parent calls a Volusia School Board member a liar during a discussion over student uniforms, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
LABOR NEWS: Polk teacher contract negotiations see progress on salaries but division over evaluations, the Ledger reports.
RESERVES: The Clay school district reaches 3 percent in its reserve account for the first time since 2013, the Florida Times-Union reports.
SCHEDULES: Leon high school students will get the option of starting classes an hour later next year, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.