Florida education news: Test threats, mentors, media specialists and more
TESTING: Some Hernando parents say their schools are threatening children who ask to opt out of the Florida Standards Assessments.
HELPING HAND: Black lawyers in Pinellas volunteer in the most struggling elementary schools of south St. Petersburg.
MAKING DO: Pasco and Hernando schools try to get by without media specialists in their libraries.
TEACHER SHORTAGES: Florida is among several states that can't find enough teachers, AMI Newswire reports.
SUPERINTENDENTS: The Duval School Board rates superintendent Nikolai Vitti, with whom it recently sparred, as "effective," the Florida Times-Union reports. • A former football coach ends his bid for Escambia superintendent as other challengers to the incumbent join the race, the Pensacola News-Journal reports. • The St. Johns school district seeks community input on its superintendent search, the St. Augustine Record reports.
ON THE DESK: Gov. Rick Scott has two weeks to decide the fate of the Florida Legislature's 160-page education omnibus bill, the News Service of Florida reports.
BONUSES: An administrative judge hears arguments in a case challenging Florida's Best and Brightest bonus program, the Herald-Tribune reports.
REZONING: Some Manatee parents are upset by a district plan to redraw attendance boundaries, the Bradenton Herald reports.
NEW SCHOOLS: The Bay School Board is set to receive 45 acres from the St. Joe Co. for a new school, the Panama City News Herald reports. • Plans for a new high school in south Tallahassee are snagged on red tape, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
ACHIEVEMENT GAP: A new review rates schools in Miami and Hialeah among the most equitable for poor children, the Miami Herald reports.
PLAY BALL: Volusia's athletic coaches aren't sold on the district's decision to end its "no pass, no play" rule, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
ARRESTED: An Escambia kindergarten teacher is arrested on allegations of child abuse against a student, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.