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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.

[Last modified: Monday, April 11, 2016 7:02am]


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