Florida education news: Research class, property taxes, recess moms and more
NEW APPROACH: Pasco County sixth graders learn research skills as their district drops a mandatory reading course.
FUNDING: Hernando School Board members discuss seeking a local property tax increase to support school technology.
LANGUAGES: Florida lawmakers press ahead with a proposal to count computer coding as a foreign language, Reuters reports.
RECESS MOMS: Orange County mom Angela Browning spearheads a grassroots effort to require elementary school recess, Education Week reports.
ASSISTANCE: Students at a Bay middle school help run a campus food pantry for needy schoolmates, the Panama City News Herald reports.
EVALUATIONS: Some observers question the results of Duval's teacher evaluations showing no "unsatisfactory" teachers, the Florida Times-Union reports.
TESTING: Think-tankers debate whether a proposal to give students and schools testing options is part of the larger educational choice movement, Politico Florida reports.
NEVER MIND: A Volusia School Board member retracts a statement calling teachers "hateful," the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
PUBLIC COMMENT: The Orange School Board decides to let people speak at meetings about items not on the agenda, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
ATTENDANCE: Broward officials ask parents to be sure their kids come to school next week for state counts, the Sun-Sentinel reports.