Florida education news: School Board races, Florida Standards, accountability and more
IN THE HUNT: Linda Lerner, the longest-serving Pinellas School Board member ever, faces her toughest opponent in Maureen Ahern, the wife of a state lawmaker.
STANDARDS: Hillsborough superintendent MaryEllen Elia tackles parent concerns during one of her public presentations on the new Florida Standards.
NO ACCOUNTABILITY: Recent legal activity highlights that Florida private schools accepting state taxpayer money don't follow the same requirements to account for their actions as public schools, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. • The state needs to hold for-profit colleges more accountable for their use of taxpayer funds, the Sun-Sentinel editorializes.
CODE OF CONDUCT: The Santa Rosa School Board moves to eliminate corporal punishment and ease restrictions on student use of electronics in school, the Santa Rosa Press Gazette reports.
APPEARANCES MATTER: Brevard's superintendent gets a positive performance review but also warnings that his communication style and demeanor need improvement, Florida Today reports.
DON'T WAIT: Experts say parents need to pay attention to their children's education needs long before they reach kindergarten, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
PRINCIPAL PAY: The Manatee school district will reconsider its formula for setting principal salaries, the Bradenton Herald reports.
AVOIDING THE SLIDE: Polk schools launch new summer programs aimed at avoiding learning losss during students' lengthy break, the Ledger reports.