Florida education news: School board seats, sorting hats, student prayer and more
CAMPAIGN TRAIL: Retired college supervisor Linda Prescott wins a Hernando County School Board seat, while incumbent Gus Guadagnino heads to a runoff. * Incumbent Pinellas School Board member Ken Peluso loses his reelection bid to teacher Eileen Long, while two other seats are set for runoffs. * Hillsborough School Board incumbents Cindy Stuart and Susan Valdes appeared to win reelection, while two other open seats will be decided in November.
THE SORTING HAT SAYS ...: Sulphur Springs K-8 Community School in Tampa adopts a "house system" to increase student engagement.
STUDENT PRAYER: A pastor gets the Hillsborough school district's approval to pray with student groups away from school.
RETENTION LAWSUIT: Seminole and Broward school districts also appeal a judge's ruling in Florida's third-grade retention case, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
TURNAROUNDS: Polk officials hope for state approval of their improvement plans for five struggling schools, the Ledger reports.
OVERSIGHT: A Manatee school audit committee prepares for the possibility it will have to review the district's spending of local sales tax revenue, the Bradenton Herald reports.
CAMPUS SAFETY: A Marion teen is arrested for bringing a gun to high school, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.