Florida education news: Parent involvement, testing opt out, student uniforms and more
PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT: The Florida Council on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys will hold an event in St. Petersburg focusing on getting more black fathers involved in their children's education. * Principals at five Polk turnaround schools tell parents they need help to improve student performance, the Ledger reports.
ACCUSATIONS: The Florida Department of Education launches an investigation into allegations of ethical wrongdoings by Clay superintendent Charlie Van Zant, First Coast News reports.
TESTING: The St. Johns school district refuses to recognize opting out of state assessments, the St. Augustine Record reports.
LABOR NEWS: Lake teachers reach a tentative contract agreement, the Daily Commercial reports.
ZIKA: A Miami-Dade school at ground zero of Florida's virus concerns distributes long-sleeved uniforms to its students, the Miami Herald reports.
SCHOOL LUNCH: The Miami-Dade school district unveils healthier cafeteria options, the Miami Herald reports.
TURNAROUND: A private Palm Beach school founded by Bill Koch strives to overcome its myriad problems, the Palm Beach Post reports.
PLANNING TIME: Palm Beach superintendent Robert Avossa blames "isolationist" teachers as he drops a weekly requirement for collaborative planning, the Palm Beach Post reports.
CAMPAIGN TRAIL: A candidate for Highlands superintendent is cited for using a school bus for non-school uses, Highlands Today reports.
SAFETY FIRST: Nearly 1,000 Orange County students skip school after their campuses are threatened on social media, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
WHAT'S IN A NAME? Parents, students and employees say their Orange County school named after Confederate leader Robert E. Lee should be renamed, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
GROWTH: Enrollment spikes in Santa Rosa schools, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.