Florida education news: School zones, achievement gap, creepy clowns and more
SCHOOL ZONES: Pasco school district officials consider ways to verify that students are not using false addresses to attend schools.
ACHIEVEMENT GAP: Renewed legal talks to get black students an equal education in Pinellas schools achieve little as the sides remain tense.
CREEPY CLOWNS: Pinellas and Pasco law enforcement issues an alert to parents over possible suspicious clown threats near schools. More on the creepy clown phenomenon. * Two Lake students wear Purge masks to school to scare their classmates, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
HELPING HAND: The Polk school district holds a community forum on how to become more involved in schools, the Ledger reports.
LUNCH LINE: Some Lake students start a Facebook page to show the gross things they get at school lunch, the Daily Commercial reports.
NO PROBLEM: Homecoming for Manatee High goes off without disruptions despite rumors of trouble following a week of racial discord, the Bradenton Herald reports.
HOMELESSNESS: Student homelessness on the Treasure Coast has doubled in the past five years, TC Palm reports.
TRUANCY: An Okaloosa teen whose home troubles led to her skipping classes fights her banishment from extracurricular events, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
TRAVEL COSTS: An outgoing Monroe School Board member questions the expense of the full board and superintendent traveling to the Florida School Boards Association conference in Tampa, the Keynoter reports.
LEADERSHIP: An Escambia elementary principal understands his students' struggles having experienced many of them himself, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
CAMPAIGN TRAIL: Three of four candidates for Leon schools superintendent support making the job an appointed one, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
MISSING MONEY: A Manatee elementary school's PTO treasurer is arrested in connection with missing funds, the Herald-Tribune reports.