Florida education news: Teacher planning, student discipline, recess and more
PLANNING TIME: Palm Beach's superintendent backs down on a mandate that teachers hold weekly collaborative planning sessions, the Palm Beach Post reports.
DISCIPLINE: Highlands students who commit minor disciplinary actions could face after-school punishment rather than in-school suspension, Highlands Today reports.
R.I.P.: A Duval fifth-grade teacher collapses and dies in her classroom, News4Jax reports.
ENROLLMENT: Manatee schools see student population rise by about 500, the Herald-Tribune reports.
LEFT ALONE: A Lee 5-year-old is left at a Waffle House on US 41 after the first day of school, and the bus driver is fired, NBC2 reports. * A Pasco mom says her 6-year-old was allowed to leave school alone, WFLA reports.
PLAY TIME: Miami-Dade elementary schools expand recess for students, the Miami Herald reports.
CONSTRUCTION PLANS: The Palm Beach school district considers the need for a new high school and three new elementaries, the Palm Beach Post reports. More from the Sun-Sentinel. * Florida School for the Deaf and Blind will get $9 million for improvements, the St. Augustine Record reports.