Florida education news: Summits, cheerleaders, sign language and more
PRIVATE SUMMIT: A day after skipping his public education summit, Gov. Rick Scott holds a private meeting in Miami with Jeb Bush, John Thrasher and Gary Chartrand to talk education. Some history, from the Buzz. And an editorial, from the Bradenton Herald. Meanwhile, an Indian River Republican files a bill to halt the Common Core in Florida, State Impact Florida reports.
CHEERLEADER COMPROMISE: Pinellas high schools begin looking for alternatives to cheerleaders' micro-skirts that can be worn in school and meet dress code.
FINGERS DO THE TALKING: Wesley Chapel High School introduces American Sign Language to the curriculum.
SCHOOL GRADES: Florida needs to reinstill confidence in the the state's compromised school grading system short-term, while finding more permanent fixes, the Times editorializes. • The model gains increased scrutiny in Texas, KUHF reports, and in Indiana, the Associated Press reports. • Tony Bennett presses for a full investigation of the Indiana grading controversy that ended his time as Florida education commissioner, the Indy Channel reports.
HELPING LOW PERFORMERS: The Marion school district hires aides and installs new computer programs to replace tutoring programs no longer funded with Title I money, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
SETTING GOALS: Duval district leaders come closer to an agreement on targets for student performance, the Florida Times-Union reports.
GO FORWARD: Manatee superintendent Rick Mills blesses plans for a magnet school to convert to charter status, the Herald-Tribune reports.
NOW HIRING: The Manatee school district needs 85 new teachers because of growth, the Bradenton Herald reports.
CHEATING: A Miami-Dade high school industry certification program teacher is accused of giving students answers to the final exams, the Miami Herald reports.
CARDED: Bay students begin using bar-coded cards to get through the lunch line faster, the Panama City News-Herald reports.