Florida education news: Religion, superintendent contract, school choice and more
RELIGION IN SCHOOLS: The Hillsborough School Board chairwoman calls for a clear process in involving religious organizations in district schools.
AT ODDS: Hernando School Board members get testy as they discuss their superintendent's contract.
CHOICE CHANCES: As the application deadline nears, Pinellas families can assess their chances of getting their first school choice with a new online tool. * Lee parents line up to enroll their children in school choice, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
LABOR NEWS: Pasco noninstructional staff seek to form their own union separate from teachers.
BACK TO SCHOOL: Some Collier parents petition against district plans to end summer break in early August, WZVN reports.
NEW SCHOOLS: A committee recommends locations for new schools in Manatee County, the Bradenton Herald reports. * Lee officials continue to search for a site for a new high school in Bonita Springs, the Naples Daily News reports.
FEDERAL FUNDING: Miami-Dade schools seek added federal money to help educate an expected influx of immigrant children, the Miami Herald reports.
RECRUITING: The Marion school district struggles to fill 25 classrooms with highly qualified teachers, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
LOCAL CONTROL: Volusia School Board members want lawmakers to loosen state reins on school districts, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
START TIMES: The Orange School Board explores pushing back high school start times, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
NEW APPROACH: A Polk private school looks into adopting a new educational model focused on what students can do with the knowledge they learn, the Ledger reports.