Florida education news: School grades, charter schools, arts education and more
SCHOOL GRADES: Changes to Florida's learning gains definition adversely affects many schools' grades issued by the Department of Education. * Three of five struggling St. Petersburg schools see some improvement. * More from the Orlando Sentinel.
CHARTER SCHOOLS: The fate of a troubled Pinellas charter school remains unsettled after it earns another F grade.
CAMPAIGN TRAIL: Hillsborough School Board candidate Joe Robinson has a penchant for brash talk. * A Brevard School Board candidate plans to sue the district over being removed from a board meeting, Florida Today reports.
NO SMOKING: The Pasco school district marks its new ban on tobacco use by razing a school's smoking shack.
DIVERSITY: The Indian River school district struggles to hire minority teachers, TC Palm reports.
CLASSROOM TECH: Orange high school students won't be allowed to use cell phones in classrooms any more, as they get laptops instead, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
ARTS EDUCATION: Duval schools expand their art offerings to students, the Florida Times-Union reports.
SCHOOL MEALS: New federal guidelines should not negatively affect Bay students, the Panama City News Herald reports.
OUTSOURCING: Volusia's custodial company has one more chance to prove its worthiness, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
NEW SCHOOL: A Polk teacher who quit her job over state testing establishes her own private school, the Ledger reports.