Florida education news: School improvement, gardening, carpooling and more
NEEDS IMPROVEMENT: The Pinellas school district barely uses a five-year grant aimed at improving four struggling schools.
SUE YOU: A Hillsborough teacher accused of exposing students to pornography sues to get his job back. • A former Flagler schools worker sues the district claiming a hostile work environment, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
DO THE RIGHT THING: Students at John Hopkins Middle discuss anti-bullying strategies.
GREEN THUMBS: Summerfield Elementary uses a teaching garden for lessons about science and nutrition.
DIGGING IN: Pinellas superintendent Mike Grego should keep at the hard work of eliminating the district's achievement gap, the Times editorializes.
RIDE SHARING: A Palm Beach school encourages parents to carpool to reduce long dropoff and pickup lines, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
MYOB: A Naples mom complains when a school sends home a letter calling her daugher overweight, WFTX reports.
MORE CHOICES: Broward plans to create four elementary school magnets for the coming year, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
OUTTA HERE: A Walton teacher resigns after parents question arrests in her background, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
DAY OFF: A Volusia elementary school closes for the day after the assistant principal is attacked by a homeless person before classes begin, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
NO DEBIT CARD NEEDED: Lee teachers get extra state funds to help offset their classroom spending, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
DON'T GO CHANGING: Alumni protest the idea of trying to change the name of Orange County's Colonial High, the Orlando Sentinel reports.