Florida education news: Taxes, absenteeism, test results and more
AFTER SCHOOL: Memorial Middle School offers extended school day activities for at-risk students who otherwise couldn't afford such programs.
LAWSUITS: A Polk parent prepares to sue the school district after his daughter's teacher is arrested for sexual battery against her, the Ledger reports.
SECURITY: A Polk middle school student faces criminal charges after bringing a loaded gun to campus, the Ledger reports.
TAXES: The Manatee School Board considers asking voters to extend a local school sales tax, the Bradenton Herald reports.
ON THE TRAIL: A Collier School Board candidate takes down his Twitter page after using harsh language, the Naples Daily News reports.
TESTING: School's out and Florida students are still waiting for their state test scores, the Palm Beach Post reports.
TEACHER DISCIPLINE: The Highlands school district moves to fire two teachers, Highlands Today reports.
LABOR NEWS: Impasse hearings appear to worsen the divide between Volusia school workers and the district, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
EXTRA HELP: The Obama administration's mentoring program expands into Orlando, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
ABSENTEEISM: New federal data shows Florida had the nation's lowest chronic absentee rate for students, the AP reports.
HIRING: The Alachua school district uses an outside consultant to help recruit new teachers, the Gainesville Sun reports.
DIGITAL CLASSROOMS: The Leon school district focuses on adding technology to schools in its capital projects, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.