Florida education news: School closing, classroom crowding, student absenteeism and more
SCHOOL CHOICE: Students of an Orange County private school are left without a place to go after the school abruptly closes on the first day of classes, WFTV reports.
GROWTH: St. Johns schools continue their rapid enrollment growth, with a 5.3 percent increase over a year ago, the St. Augustine Record reports. * Orange County opens three new schools as enrollment surges, the Orlando Sentinel reports. * A new Polk K-8 school opens over capacity, the Ledger reports.
ATTENDANCE: Marion County schools strive to reduce student tardiness and absenteeism, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
TEACHER BONUSES: The Bay School Board expands local eligibility for the state's Best and Brightest bonus program, the Panama City News Herald reports.
OUSTED: A Palm Beach elementary school principal is removed three days before classes begin, the Palm Beach Post reports.
SAFETY: A Manatee student falls in the path of a school bus at his school's student loading zone, the Herald-Tribune reports. * A Palm Beach student is hit by a bus in the school bus loop, the Palm Beach Post reports.
WELCOME BACK: A former Sarasota student returns to her old elementary school as a teacher, the Herald-Tribune reports.
BACK TO SCHOOL: The first day of classes goes smoothly for Palm Beach schools, unlike last year, the Sun-Sentinel reports.