Florida education news: STEM lessons, Pledge of Allegiance, teacher pay and more
HANDS ON: Pasco's Cotee River Elementary holds a student STEAM Olympics as part of the district's effort to step up science and math programs in Title I schools.
CAMPUS CRIME: A student is arrested with a loaded gun at Pinellas' Lakewood High. * About 200 students at Volusia's Deland High are left without classrooms after vandals fill the rooms with glass shards, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: The Leon school district went beyond state law in creating a form for students to opt out of saying the Pledge in school, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
CAMPAIGN TRAIL: The Citrus school district rebuts a School Board candidate's claim that drugs are easily available on school campuses, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.
TEACHER DISCIPLINE: A Lee high school football coach is suspended and faces termination for running his own investigation into allegations that some players were involved in a sex scandal on campus, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED: The Duval school district sells used laptops for $50, the Florida Times-Union reports.
TESTING: Florida will offer closed-captioning on state tests for students with hearing problems, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
LAWSUITS: The Orange school district settles a case for $60,000 with a student who claimed to be injured in a summer weightlifting program, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
ZIKA: The Broward School Board will consider allowing students to bring some types of bug spray to school, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
PAYDAY: About 200 newly hired Broward teachers did not complete their paperwork in time to get paid this week, the Sun-Sentinel reports.