Florida education news: Parent involvement, graduation requirements, charter schools and more
PARENT INVOLVEMENT: Pinellas School Board members and candidates discuss whether to allow parents with nonviolent, nonsexual criminal backgrounds to participate at schools.
NOW OPEN: Florida Polytechnic University defies expectations and debuts two years after its creation.
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS: A Florida lawmaker looks to change state law requiring English-lanugage learners to pass the FCAT reading exam to get a diploma, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
CHARTER SCHOOLS: Broward district officials say they might reject charter school applicants with dubious pasts and fight the state if necessary, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
PRACTICE HELPS: Polk students who took a summer algebra course had a higher passing rate on the state end-of-course exam than others, the Ledger reports.
INCENTIVES: A State Board of Education member creates a program to pay Monroe students who pass a computer literacy test, the Keynoter reports.