Florida education news: Testing, incentives, desegregation and more
TESTING: Hillsborough County high school students will see a reduction in semester and end-of-year tests. • Students with special needs will get more accommodations when taking the SAT tests, the Palm Beach Post reports.
PAID FOR GRADES: Some Clearwater High School underachieving students receive cash from a private business owner if their improve their school performance.
DESEGREGATION: Sides in Pinellas County Schools' longstanding desegregation case call for mediation.
DROPOUT PREVENTION: Manatee school district leaders credit new programs aimed at potential dropouts for the county's rising graduation rate, the Bradenton Herald reports.
BUS SAFETY: School buses in Marion and Alachua counties have seat belts but many students don't wear them, the Gainesville Sun reports.
SAVING LIVES: Students in a Miami-Dade high school's veterinary science program rescue abandoned dogs and train them, the Miami Herald reports.
STEM LESSONS: The Duval School Board agrees to expand a robotics program into all Jacksonville middle schools, the Florida Times-Union reports.
SOCIAL SERVICES: Some Flagler high school students help set up a services fair for parents of infants and toddlers, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.