Florida education news: School grades, student busing, virtual classes and more
ALL TALK: Participants at Florida's education summit discuss standards and accountability but don't expect to reach any conclusions at the end of their sessions. More from Associated Press, State Impact Florida, Herald-Tribune
NEEDS IMPROVEMENT: Pasco superintendent Kurt Browning seeks a greater sense of urgency from the district transportation department to fix things that aren't going right.
BUS BUYING: The Hillsborough School Board struggles to reach agreement on how to select new buses for its fleet.
BYOD: Charlotte schools begin allowing students to bring electronics, ABC 7 reports.
SCHOOL GRADING: Two candidates for Maine governor say they would abandon A-F school grading if elected, pointing to problems in Florida and elsewhere, Maine Today reports. • Polk officials prepare plans to turn around their district's D and F schools, the Ledger reports.
SENSITIVITY NEEDED: A Brevard parent chastises the School Board for its discussions on a world history text, saying they're rude to Muslim families, Florida Today reports.
SECURITY: The Bay School Board approves a plan to have resource officers at all middle schools, the Panama City News-Herald reports. • Two Seminole employees are ousted amid a continuing investigation into the mishandling of a student who brought a revolver to school last spring, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • Leon schools see an increase in reported incidents of campus violence, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
COMMUNICATIONS: The Lee district creates a parent liaison in the superintendent's office to handle parent concerns and complaints, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
LABOR NEWS: Orange contract negotiators fail to reach agreement on teacher raises, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
HELPING HAND: The Alachua education foundation starts a website to let people "crowd source" funding to school needs, the Gainesville Sun reports.