Florida education news: School grades, raises, helper dogs and more
REGRADING: Participants in Gov. Rick Scott's education summit recommend changes to Florida's school grading system. More from the Broward/Palm Beach New Times, Associated Press, State Impact Florida, Herald-Tribune
RAISES: Pinellas noninstructional employees negotiate a 5 percent raise as contract talks end. • The Clay district and teachers union disagree over whether state funding for raises will go into the salary schedule, the Florida Times-Union reports. • Okaloosa teachers overwhelmingly ratify a raise proposal, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
CONSTRUCTION FUNDS: Florida's PECO fund no longer keeps up with school districts' growth and other capital needs, the Florida Current reports.
HELPER DOGS: Some Polk students with autism make strides in class with the assistance of animals, the Ledger reports.
DRUG TESTING: Allegations that a clinic provided steroids to some Miami-Dade high school athletes prompts a proposal for random drug testing in the schools, the Miami Herald reports.
LAPTOPS FOR ALL: The Imagine charter school in North Port provides laptops to its students to assist their school work, the Herald-Tribune reports.
HOLIDAYS: Some St. Lucie Jewish students and parents complain that the district doesn't give a day off for Rosh Hashana, WPTV reports.
WE SHALL OVERCOME: Teachers at a Gainesville middle school use civil rights lessons to help bridge the racial gaps at their campus, the Gainesville Sun reports.
ARRESTED: The president of a Florida State University fraternity is arrested for allowing underage drinking at a house party, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.