Florida education news: Retirement, testing, fund raisers and more
NEW DIRECTIONS: Three Bay County kindergarten teachers retire after working a combined 108 years together, the Panama City News Herald reports.
OPPORTUNITIES: A Miami-Dade girl with multiple disabilities overcomes her obstacles to succeed in a traditional classroom, the Miami Herald reports.
TESTING: Term-limited Sen. Don Gaetz is hopeful lawmakers will reconsider his failed bill to allow students and schools alternatives to state tests, Politico Florida reports.
SPECULATION: A Palm Beach County private school sees its headmaster depart at the same time the school hires two law firms to look into whether any students were sexually abused, the Palm Beach Post reports.
EXTRA HELP: A Tallahassee girl who is legally blind raises more than $1 million to help other blind children gain services in and out of school, People reports.
RETENTION: Manatee parents prepare to face off with their school district over third-grade retention decisions, the Bradenton Times reports.
NEW SCHOOLS: The Orange County school district plans $3 billion in new school construction to deal with growth, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
DIVERSITY: Brevard teachers try to make their school yearbooks more inclusive of all children, Florida Today reports.