Florida education news: Suspensions, computer science, school choices and more
DISCIPLINE: The Pinellas school district offers an alternative school for students in lieu of suspensions. • Suspensions statewide are at a three-year low, WUFT reports.
SAFETY: Pasco school resource officer Elissa Elders seeks to put a face behind the badge for students.
STANDARDS: The Florida Board of Education is considering computer science standards, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
SCHOOL CHOICE: Leon schools have recruited about 500 students back from private and charter schools, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
TEACHER TRAINING: Volusia School Board members are not sold on accepting a federal grant to support improved teaching quality, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
SHORTER BREAK: Florida's annual back-to-school sales tax holiday will be three days instead of 10, the News Service of Florida reports.
LABOR NEWS: The Orange County Classroom Teachers Association complains that a teacher hasn't been restored to her job as an arbitrator directed, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
GENDER ISSUES: A Polk School Board member offers views on Facebook about transgender students' restroom choices, the Ledger reports.
DRIVERS NEEDED: The Palm Beach school district asks parents to help find new bus drivers, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
NEW SCHOOLS: The St. Johns School Board approves plans for a new K-8 school, the St. Augustine Record reports.