Florida education news: Testing, lottery funds, contaminated water and more
TESTING: A Hillsborough elementary music teacher faces dismissal over accusations that she cheated during students' testing.
BACK TO SCHOOL: A Pasco teen returns to high school part-time after a major tubing accident.
REAL WORLD: Older teens at Pepin Academies charter school for students with disabilities gain job experiences in the Hillsborough public defender's office.
TURNAROUNDS: Leaders of an F-rated Polk elementary school tell parents how they plan to improve the school, the Ledger reports. * A struggling Escambia elementary school looks beyond test scores to turn performance around, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
LOTTO: The Florida lottery does not provide enough money to support needed school construction projects, the Palm Beach Post reports.
SPEAKING OUT: An openly gay teacher sues a private Christian school in Boca Raton, claiming he was discriminated against and fired because he was a whistleblower, the South Florida Gay News reports.
ABUSE: An Escambia teen is found guilty of battery for stripping the pants off another student during a bus ride after a football game, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
SUPERINTENDENTS: Monroe superintendent Mark Porter decides to stop looking for a new job, the Keynoter reports.
CAMPAIGN TRAIL: A challenger for Manatee School Board files another election complaint against the incumbent, the Bradenton Herald reports.
CIVICS LESSONS: Central Florida civics teachers take advantage of the presidential election to make their classes interesting, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
REMEDIAL WORK: Florida colleges see better than expected results after slashing remedial courses, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
DRINKING WATER: Leon County school leaders seek answers and solutions after learning there's lead in the water of several drinking fountains, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.