Florida education news: Planning time, class size, community service and more
IMMERSION: Hernando's Challenger K-8 hosts 54 Chinese middle school students in a first-of-its-kind cultural experiment for the district.
ON THE BUS: The number of medically fragile students rises on Hillsborough school buses, along with the challenges to serve them.
TEACHER TIME: The United School Employees of Pasco files a complaint with the state against the district's use of teacher planning time.
NO FINES: The Lake school district won't face state penalties for class size manipulations even as employees involved in the action face possible discipline, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Sentinel columnist Lauren Ritchie pans the state's decision.
WRITING TESTS: Experts say computer scoring of student essays could be done daily, eliminating the need for a single statewide test, State Impact Florida reports.
TEXTBOOKS: Opposition mounts to a bill that would take the state out of Florida's textbook selection process, the Leesburg Daily Commercial reports.
BRIGHT FUTURES: Florida lawmakers consider revising the community service definition for Bright Futures scholarships, the Naples Daily News reports.
CHOICES: Duval parents debate the district's proposal to move to school open enrollment, the Florida Times-Union reports.
NOT EVEN CLOSE: Walton teachers and administration find no room for compromise in salary negotiations, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
MORE MONEY: Sarasota voters overwhelmingly back a local tax to boost the district's operating budget, the Herald-Tribune reports.