Florida education news: School grades, MOOCs, eye scans and more
SCHOOL GRADES: Florida elementary and middle school grades drop steeply amid changing criteria and rising expectations, and state leaders call it progress. Hernando officials plan major change for the district's first F-rated school. More from State Impact Florida, Miami Herald, Northwest Florida Daily News, Florida Today, Florida Times-Union, Sun-Sentinel, Bradenton Herald, Ocala Star-Banner, Daytona Beach News-Journal, Orlando Sentinel, Herald-Tribune, Tallahassee Democrat, Gainesville Sun, Fort Myers News-Press
THERE'S AN APP FOR THAT: A Jesuit High freshman creates a mobile app for the school.
ON THE MOVE: A growing number of Hillsborough public school students head to charter schools.
OUTTA HERE: A Hillsborough teacher and aide face firing over separate arrests. • A Manatee High assistant coach who has come under fire for improper relations with students resigns as an investigation swirls, the Bradenton Herald reports.
TESTED: Florida education commissioner Tony Bennett should not leave PARCC without something better in mind, regardless of political pressure, the Times editorializes.
FIX IT: Hillsborough Pierce Middle needs to repair its climate and morale quickly for the good of the students, the Times editorializes.
ONLINE LEARNING: Florida lawmakers' enthusiasm for massive open online courses (MOOCs) is not shared in all corners of Florida education, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
THAT'S PERSONAL: Florida schools face a backlash when they use bio-information such as eye scans or palm swipes to identify students, WFSU reports.
ON THE RISE: Most Florida school districts face tax rate increases for the coming year, the AP reports.
INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE: Polk expands its middle school IB program, the Ledger reports.
EXTRA INCOME: Flagler and Volusia schools turn to athletics advertising to bring in some additional revenue, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.