Florida education news: Teacher training, student busing, magnet schools and more
SEEKING TOP TEACHERS: Pinellas superintendent Mike Grego calls on area schools of education to improve their teacher preparation programs.
FEWER BUMPS: The Pasco school district unveils plans to improve its student transportation system. • The Hillsborough School Board hires a consultant to help make its transportation department more effective.
MORE MAGNETS: The Pinellas School Board backs a plan to reopen two closed elementary schools as magnets.
FLYING HIGH: Pasco Sunlake High School draws 32 students to its new aerospace academy, which kicks off with a class on drone technology.
SCHOOL GRADES: Florida education commissioner Pam Stewart opposes a superintendents' proposal to stop grading the state's schools during the transition to a new accountability system, the Miami Herald reports. More from the Associated Press, Gainesville Sun.
BACK TO SCHOOL: A Brevard high school senior will return to classes a week after being banned from campus, which he believes was because of his appearance on a gay pornography website, Florida Today reports.
DISSATISFIED: A Lakeland High student's essays on her disappointment with the principal's views on dress code go national, the Ledger reports.
BUDGET CUTS: Brevard officials review potential spending cuts if voters don't back a local tax referendum, Florida Today reports.
COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY: Broward schools will expand their computer science program in a partnership with Code.org, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
CHARTER INTEREST: The city of Tamarac looks for charter applicants to build a high school, the Sun-Sentinel reports. • A new charter school in Manatee County focuses on the needs of young boys, the Herald-Tribune reports.
UNWELCOME NEIGHBORS: The city of Port Orange tightens its restrictions on sex offenders living near elementary schools, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
FINALISTS: The Flagler School Board picks five superintendent candidates to interview, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
ATHLETIC TRANSFERS: A Lee School Board member calls for a district policy to govern high school transfers and athletic participation, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
TEST SCORES: The Florida Board of Education sets the passing score for the U.S. History end-of-course exam and expects just 57 percent to pass, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
SICK SCHOOL: The Sarasota school district turns to the CDC to help figure out why students and faculty are getting ill at an elementary school, the Herald-Tribune reports.