Florida education news: Religion, readiness, election races and more
RELIGION IN SCHOOLS: Hillsborough superintendent Jeff Eakins signals support for a Christian group seeking to extend its reach into his district's schools.
READINESS: Pinellas schools could become the site of a pilot project in competency-based promotion under a bill before Florida lawmakers.
POLITICS: Senate Education chairman John Legg says he won't challenge fellow Sen. Wilton Simpson for a Senate seat in upcoming elections.
BACK TO SCHOOL: The Collier School Board follows the state trend of setting the first day of classes as Aug. 10, after making accommodations for Jewish holidays, the Naples Daily News reports.
SAFETY: Madison County residents have concerns about changes to a school zone on a highway in front of a local elementary school, the Madison County Carrier reports. * Panama City officials decline to close a road that runs through a local high school campus, the Panama City News Herald reports.
SCHOOLS MATTER: Manatee's economic development chief tells School Board members that a successful economy requires successful schools, the Bradenton Herald reports.
DIVERSITY: The Lee school district struggles to recruit and retain minority teachers, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
UNDER CONSTRUCTION: Lee School Board members worry a new high school in Bonita Springs won't be ready on time, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
GOING DIGITAL: Duval teachers complain about the lack of physical textbooks in their classrooms, the Florida Times-Union reports.
FINANCIAL CONDITION: The Clay school district's bond rating is downgraded, the Florida Times-Union reports. * Manatee's rating improves, the Bradenton Herald reports. * The St. Johns School Board approves the sale of $60 million in bonds for new construction, the St. Augustine Record reports.
EXTRA HELP: A new school planned in a struggling Orlando community will get after-school assistance from the Boys and Girls Clubs, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
FIRED: A Palm Beach elementary principal loses his job over allegations of sexual harassment, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
REZONING: Broward School Board members are split over pending school boundary change proposals, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
EXTRA CREDITS: Leon high school students can replace failing grades with credits from adult education programs, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.