Florida education news: Student attendance, teacher shortage, school grades and more
STUDENT ATTENDANCE: The Hernando County school district reduces its chronic absenteeism.
HEALTHY TEACHERS: Hillsborough County School Board member Lynn Gray teaches teachers how to get fit.
TEACHERS NEEDED: South Florida school districts anticipate a growing shortfall of teachers to fill classrooms, NBC Miami reports.
ACCOUNTABILITY: Some Florida House members question the need for continued high-stakes testing and school grading, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
ARRESTED: Parents of children at a central Florida school for autism are left without classrooms as their school leaders are arrested on charges of Medicaid fraud, WFTV reports.
CHARTER SCHOOLS: A popular Manatee County charter school prepares to open its second campus at a closed school district site, the Bradenton Herald reports. • A Citrus County charter school fires its top administrator, who once was a local School Board member, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.
SUPERINTENDENTS: Alachua County residents want their next school district leader to be an experienced educator, the Gainesville Sun reports. • The Palm Beach County School Board nears approval of a raise for superintendent Robert Avossa after weeks of debate, the Palm Beach Post reports.
CAREER PLANNING: Two Marion County high schools will open new career academies as part of the district's plan to expand vocational options, the Ocala Star-Banner reports. • Polk County students tell area civic leaders that the school system prepared them for careers, the Ledger reports.
SNEAK PEEK: Future students get a taste of what the new Bonita Springs High School will offer, the Naples Daily News reports.
HIGHER ED: A Florida Senate committee approves legislation that would expand Bright Futures scholarships and create block tuition, the News Service of Florida reports.
GUNS ON CAMPUS: An Escambia County high school student is arrested for bringing a gun to school after taking it from a friend who planned to commit suicide, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.