Florida education news: Taxes, testing, turnarounds and more
TAXES: Pinellas voters get to decide whether to renew a local property tax to support school operations.
TESTING: Hillsborough district officials try to get their statistics right when describing Advanced Placement results.
BRIGHT FUTURES: Poor and minority Florida high school students become less likely to win the state scholarship under changed criteria, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
TURNAROUNDS: Polk's Kathleen Middle School puts in long days to improve performance and morale, the Ledger reports. The Polk School Board plans to review several school improvement efforts, the Ledger reports. * Escambia's Montclair Elementary seeks to return to its A-grade days, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
SCIENCE LESSONS: Clay County students prepare to participate in a rigorous national STEM initiative, the Florida Times-Union reports.
CAMPAIGN TRAIL: Manatee School Board candidates go negative as the campaign winds down, the Bradenton Herald reports. * Miami state Rep. Manny Diaz faces campaign attacks over his charter school connections, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
GROWTH: Alachua school enrollment surges as district leaders scramble for funds to build new classrooms, the Gainesville Sun reports.
DRONE ZONES: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University creates netted spaces to train high school students on drone technology to avoid having to call federal officials every time they fly, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.