Florida education news: Teacher pay, testing, school choice and more
EXTRA PAY: The Pasco and Pinellas school districts take different approaches in trying to attract and keep top teachers at their lowest performing schools.
BEHAVE: Florida State University launches a new course for freshman athletes after the highly publicized incidents involving Jameis Winston.
TESTING: Florida's online testing system has experienced few problems in its first round, the Sunshine State News reports.
EARLY EDUCATION: Florida prekindergarten providers are frustrated with flat state funding, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
POLITICS: Brevard parents support civics education but worry that partisanship can slip in, Florida Today reports.
SCHOOL CHOICE: St. Johns district leaders have concerns about the impact of open enrollment on local schools and students, the Florida Times-Union reports. • Manatee County's only elementary IB program sees a drop in applications, the Bradenton Herald reports.
CONSTRUCTION FUNDS: Florida issues school construction bonds for the first time in six years, GateHouse Media reports.
LAWSUITS: The Manatee School Board will spend a third session behind closed doors discussing cases, the Bradenton Herald reports.
FLAG BAN: Indian River School Board members struggle with First Amendment requirements as they look into banning Confederate flags on district properties, TCPalm reports.
HOMELESSNESS: Bay homeless students face numerous hurdles in getting to school every day, the Panama City News Herald reports.
TAXES: Dueling polls show tenuous support for a proposed Palm Beach sales tax for schools and cultural activities, the Palm Beach Post reports.
DRESS CODE: An Orange County middle schooler no longer faces suspension for her dyed blue hair, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
CHARTER SCHOOLS: A Polk charter school says the Polk school district won't release records for student applicants, the Ledger reports.
BEER BREAK: A Lee school band director is fired after being found drinking on the job, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
SCHOOL ZONES: Manatee district officials look for equitable ways to redraw attendance boundaries after the district closes one elementary school, the Herald-Tribune reports.