Florida education news: Retention, equal access, board discord and more
THIRD-GRADE RETENTION: Some Florida parents sue the Department of Education and seven school districts over the state's third-grade promotion law and its implementation. Columnist John Romano weighs in on the issue.
DISCORD: A Monroe School Board member says the district's superintendent is "no longer the person to lead us into the future," the Keynoter reports. * The Clay School Board abruptly cancels a meeting to review fraud allegations against its superintendent, assigning the HR department to investigate instead, the Florida Times-Union reports.
EQUAL ACCESS: Three immigrant families join a lawsuit accusing the Collier school district of blocking their children from entering school, the Naples Daily News reports.
BACK TO SCHOOL, WITH ZIKA: Schools in the affected Miami-Dade area are preparing to hold classes while easing some rules to cope with the mosquito-borne virus, the Miami Herald reports. Leon County schools are taking precautions, too, WFSU reports.
CAMPAIGN TRAIL: A Broward School Board member nearly runs afoul of district rules in scheduling a campaign event at a school, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT: Leaders of an Indian River elementary school hope two new greenhouses will inspire students to greater creativity and science ability, TC Palm reports.
CHARTER SCHOOLS: A Lee County developer proposes a new Greek-immersion charter school, the Naples Daily News reports.
TEACHER TIME: Palm Beach teachers complain their planning is cut in favor of mandatory team meetings, the Palm Beach Post reports.
MOTHER NATURE: Lightning strikes an Orange County school, setting it on fire, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
STILL HIRING: Escambia and Santa Rosa schools have a few remaining teacher vacancies and a smaller than usual candidate pool, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
LUNCH LINE: Palm Beach schools unveil new cafeteria items, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
SUPERINTENDENTS: St. Johns superintendent Joe Joyner experiences his last first day, the St. Augustine Record reports.