Florida education news: Saturday school, open enrollment, practical math and more
CATCHING UP: More than two dozen Pinellas County schools offer Saturday classes for struggling students. • A new after-school club at Hernando County's Moton Elementary seeks to make tutoring more fun.
SCHOOL CHOICE: Florida's new law on open enrollment has unanticipated consequences for students seeking inter-district transfers.
CHARTER SCHOOLS: CharterSchools USA seeks to open its fifth campus in Hillsborough County.
COMPUTER CODING: A proposal to count coding as a foreign language in Florida schools and universities sails through its first Senate stop.
LABOR NEWS: A Palm Beach teacher blocked from running for union president gets his state association's backing to become a candidate, the Palm Beach Post reports. • A judge recommends reinstatement of a popular Indian River teacher accused of taunting and pushing a disruptive student, TC Palm reports. • Santa Rosa teachers and school district representatives cannot reach agreement on raises, the Pensacola News-Journal reports. • Some St. Johns teachers worry they might lose their jobs as the district opens a new school, the St. Augustine Record reports.
BUS RIDES: Manatee County school buses will begin turning right on red lights when safe to see if it saves them time, the Bradenton Herald reports.
NEW SCHOOLS: The Clay County School Board approves its first new school since 2008, Clay Today reports.
EMPLOYEE DATA: The Manatee County school district copes with a cyberattack that compromised employee tax return information, the Bradenton Herald reports.
PRACTICAL MATH: An Alachua County high school math teacher incorporates personal finance lessons into his classes, the Gainesville Sun reports.
IN COURT: A Polk County parent sues the school district over the hiring of a teacher with a history of reported sexual misconduct, the Ledger reports.
NEW RULES: Marion County's new superintendent implements several policy changes early in her tenure, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
ARRESTED: A Miami-Dade elementary school assistant principal is arrested on child pornography charges, the Miami Herald reports.
STATE BOARD: Florida Board of Education member Tom Grady, a former state House member, is a semifinalist for Florida Gulf Coast University's presidency, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
CLASS SIZE: The Lake County school district plans to appeal a finding that the district was two students over the state's class size caps, the Daily Commercial reports.
ADULT EDUCATION: The Leon County school district considers relocating its adult and community education center to a less accessible location, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.