Florida education news: Report cards, achievement gap, charter schools and more
REPORT CARDS: The Hillsborough school district moves to online report cards for middle and high schoolers.
ACHIEVEMENT GAP: A civic group alleges the Pinellas school district hasn't done enough to serve black children adequately.
CHARTER SCHOOLS: Hillsborough district leaders take a friendlier approach to charter schools than in the past.
GRADUATIONS: Check out the top high school graduates in Hillsborough and Pasco schools. Also, some compelling graduate stories from Armwood High, Blake High, Wharton High. • Hillsborough graduations move to one central spot.
BAD ACTS: A Brevard principal is arrested on child pornography charges, WESH reports. • Six teens are arrested in a vandalism case at a Lee high school, WINK reports. • A Palm Beach assistant principal is fired amid accusations he harassed students, the Palm Beach Post reports.
ATTENDANCE ZONES: The Broward school distict hires investigators to look into allegations of families that lie about their addresses to get into specific schools, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
GENDER ISSUES: Monroe district officials plan to build schools with single-person restrooms but don't create a policy on transgender use of school bathrooms, the Keynoter reports. • Rep. Janet Adkins, running for Nassau superintendent, urges Gov. Rick Scott to join a lawsuit challenging federal guidelines on transgender students, WJCT reports.
WEATHER TRACKER: The Okaloosa school district upgrades the way it follows bad weather, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
RETENTION: A handful of Palm Beach third graders are retained after refusing state tests and a portfolio alternative, the Palm Beach Post reports. • Orange County students face similar issues, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
TRAINING: All Highlands school staff will get added training in how to identify and report suspected child abuse, Highlands Today reports.
NEW SCHOOLS: A planned new Bay elementary school is in limbo amid financial questions, the Panama City News Herald reports.
LEADERSHIP: A Palm Beach administrator embellished his resume to win the superintendent job in Pittsburgh schools, the Palm Beach Post reports.
EXTRA PAY: Some Alachua teachers received supplemental pay for work they never performed, the Gainesville Sun reports.
LABOR NEWS: The Volusia teachers union files an unfair labor practice charge against the district and promises more, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
FUNDING: Orange County schools anticipate increased revenue as their enrollment surges, the Orlando Sentinel reports.