Florida education news: Social promotion, tax credit scholarships, gifted students and more
SOCIAL PROMOTION: Researchers continue to question the value of holding students back in school as Florida's third-grade retention law moves forward. More from News Service of Florida.
CAMPAIGN TRAIL: Political and community leaders who opposed MaryEllen Elia's removal as Hillsborough superintendent haven't revived the issue in the latest round of School Board elections. * Education-related groups are focusing their attention on the 2016 elections, the News Service of Florida reports.
'NOTHING OF CONCERN': The leader of a Tampa private school returns to work after an investigation into allegations against him turn up nothing.
TAX CREDIT SCHOLARSHIPS: Lake School Board members say their schools might not have enough space if the courts overturn Florida's scholarship program, the Daily Commercial reports.
LABOR NEWS: The Highlands County Education Association seeks to maintain annual-contract employee protections as district leaders want to remove the agreement, Highlands Today reports. * Manatee teacher contract talks hinge on health insurance premiums, the Bradenton Herald reports.
STUDENT DISCIPLINE: Bay County schools adopt a discipline "matrix" to promote uniformity in how student referrals get handled, the Panama City News Herald reports.
BUS STOPS: Some Clay parents raise concerns that their children's school bus stop is near the home of a convicted sexual predator, WJAX reports.
STEM: The Monroe School Board sticks with a math and science curriculum despite its lack of results, the Keynoter reports.
GIFTED EDUCATION: Escambia and Santa Rosa schools work to meet the needs of children identified as gifted, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
TURNAROUNDS: The Polk school district will make a second attempt to win state approval for its turnaround school improvement plans, the Ledger reports.
E-RATE: AT&T denies that it overcharged two Florida school districts by nearly 400 percent, Ars Technica reports.