Florida education news: Report cards, textbooks, condoms and more
REPORT CARDS: Florida school districts examine better ways to report on students' performance, focusing on mastery of academic standards.
OVERCOMING OBSTACLES: A small charter school in rural Hillsborough County helps poor migrant children navigate their way to success.
STRONG SCHOOLS: Lawyers make their final arguments in a long-standing suit over whether Florida adequately provides a high quality public education.
LAWSUITS: A Pinellas County family sues the school district alleging their daughter was assaulted by two boys at school. • The Manatee School Board prepares to settle a public records lawsuit with a security firm, the Bradenton Herald reports.
SCHOOL BOARDS: Florida lawmakers allow school board members to choose their association affiliation, aiming to sideline the Florida School Boards Association.
EARLY EDUCATION: Florida lawmakers quietly end the state's prekindergarten rating system, the Palm Beach Post reports.
SEX ED: The Alachua school district finds acceptance of its program allowing for condom distribution in high school clinics, despite early concerns, the Gainesville Sun reports.
INNOVATION: Manatee middle schools seek to get more creative in their teaching approach, the Bradenton Herald reports.
EVALUATIONS: Lake County teachers and district leaders raise questions about the fairness of district teacher evaluations, the Daily Commercial reports.
INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS: Duval schools plan a return to paper books after an attempt to move to all online materials, the Florida Times-Union reports.
COLLEGE BOUND: Children at a Lake charter school learn the importance of higher education, the Daily Commercial reports.
CONSTRUCTION: Monroe school auditoriums need almost $1 million in repairs, the Keynoter reports. • The Broward School Board might return to a construction contracting system that has been criticized for wasting millions of dollars, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
SCHOLARSHIPS: Incoming Florida Senate president Joe Negron wants to bolster the Florida Bright Futures program, the Herald-Tribune reports.
RECESS MOMS: Three Miami-Dade moms lead an effort to have district elementary schools offer daily recess, the Miami Herald reports.
CHARTER SCHOOLS: Inventory from some shuttered Broward charter schools isn't documented or returned to the school district, the Sun-Sentinel reports.