Florida education news: Testing, school merger, student uniforms and more
TESTING: The Pinellas County school district expands its use of common exams in several subject areas.
ADVANCED OPTIONS: Three more Pasco County schools will offer the accelerated Cambridge Program.
FOOD INSECURITY: Clair-Mel Elementary School in Tampa adds a food pantry to help its disadvantaged students and their families.
TOP TEACHER: Parrott Middle School math teacher Tiffany Howland is Hernando County's 2016-17 Teacher of the Year.
HIGH-TECH TUNES: Students at Sanders Memorial Elementary School in Land O'Lakes learn music with iPads.
BIG CHANGES: The struggling Jefferson County school district moves to merge its last elementary school with its middle school, WFSU reports.
LEADERSHIP: The Brevard County School Board approves new members of the superintendent's cabinet amid some public complaint, Florida Today reports. • The Clay County School Board okays the superintendent's new cabinet, which includes the board chair's son, the Florida Times-Union reports.
DRESS CODE: Volusia County School Board members agree to spend about $400,000 of state funding on student uniforms, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
CAREER READINESS: The Marion County school district revamps its vocational and career programs, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
NEW SCHOOLS: The Manatee County School Board approves the sale of $150 million in bonds to pay for new school construction, the Bradenton Herald reports. • The Brevard County School Board considers a variety of approaches to solving its crowding situation, Florida Today reports.
STUDENT DISCIPLINE: Manatee County schools see an increase in student referrals and suspensions, with some racial disparity in how the discipline is meted out, the Bradenton Herald reports. • The Citrus County School Board asks for revisions to proposed conduct rule changes on student Internet use, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.
CHARTER SCHOOLS: The head of a Citrus County charter school is removed over allegations of improper contact with a student, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.
LABOR NEWS: About 100 teachers and supporters protest the Polk County School Board over stalled contract talks, the Ledger reports.
REZONING: The Seminole County School Board approves new attendance zones moving about 1,000 students despite parent pleas, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • Boundary changes are in the works for several Broward County schools, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
BRIGHT FUTURES: The Florida Senate advances a bill that would increase Bright Futures scholarship funding, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
EARLY EDUCATION: The St. Johns school district seeks to grow its prekindergarten programs but needs financial support in Tallahassee, the St. Augustine Record reports.