Florida education news: School choice, student voices, performing arts and more
IN THE HOUSE: Several education bills, many related to choice and charter schools, pass the Florida House. Parents keep pushing for a recess mandate that's not progressing in the Senate, the Orlando Sentinel reports. More from the News Service of Florida.
STUDENT VOICES: Hillsborough students ask pointed questions of their School Board members during an annual forum.
PERFORMING ARTS: Pasco's River Ridge High performing arts center aims to expand its presence.
TESTING: Some Lee County parents raise concerns that spring student testing begins immediately after spring break, Fox 4 reports. • Florida business leaders modify their language on testing cut scores to avoid criticizing Gov. Rick Scott, Politico Florida reports.
SCHOOL BOOKS: A Brevard School Board member proposes a new way for the district to receive and consider book challenges, Florida Today reports.
SAFETY: An Indian River elementary school evacuates because of a bomb threat, later deemed false, TCPalm reports. • A Volusia school also received a bomb threat, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
TENSIONS: A Duval School Board member apologizes about her critical texts regarding superintendent Nikolai Vitti, but keeps criticizing him, the Florida Times-Union reports.
WHAT'S IN A NAME: The namesake of a prestigious Palm Beach arts school wants to see the name changed to add "sciences," the Palm Beach Post reports.
HIRING: The Marion school district aims to increase employment by 1.5 percent, the Ocala Star-Banner reports. • The Escambia school district is looking for new teachers, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
SCHOOL GRADES: The Walton school district prepares appeals for two of its school grades, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.