Florida education news: Principal problems, gifted education, school choice and more
TROUBLES: An investigation details the leadership problems that led to the downfall of a former Hillsborough elementary school principal.
GIFTED EDUCATION: Duval school district leaders debate the need for a middle school gifted program, the Florida Times-Union reports.
SUPERINTENDENTS: The St. Johns School Board begins reviewing applicants for its superintendency, the St. Augustine Record reports. * Polk's associate superintendent/chief academic officer resigns, the Ledger reports.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: Athletic directors continue to debate the state's new school choice and athletics eligibility rules, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
KEEPING TRACK: An online portal helps Alachua students and parents stay on top of assignments and grades, the Gainesville Sun reports.
DISCIPLINE: Suspensions hit a seven-year high in Bay County schools, the Panama City News Herald reports.
SAFETY: An in-house investigation finds no truth to allegations that Citrus County schools are unsafe or that school leaders manipulated state grades, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.
CHARTER SCHOOLS: The Bay health department will expand its school nursing program to charter schools, the Panama City News Herald reports. * Just for Girls in Manatee County must reorganize to keep its contract, the Bradenton Herald reports.
DIVERSITY: The Lee School Board might get its first minority member, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
SURPLUS LAND: The Monroe School Board ponders what to do with a $10 million property it doesn't need, the Keynoter reports.
TAXES: Seminole and Orange taxpayers face higher school property taxes because of rising values, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
LABOR NEWS: Escambia school bus drivers negotiate over bus safety issues, the Pensacola News Journal reports.
CONSTRUCTION: Broward district officials look into speeding up delayed school construction projects, the Sun-Sentinel reports.