Florida education news: Testing, student-athletes, junk food and more
TESTING DISPUTE: Florida and the federal government disagree over the state's rules about when to count test scores of students still learning English.
SMOOTHER START: The Pasco school district's new call center, paired with other improvements to the student transportation system, leads to fewer problems and complaints in the first days back to school.
STUDENT-ATHLETES: A Pasco School Board member questions the fairness of the district's student-athlete transfer policy.
CHARTER WOES: Parents don't know how to proceed now that their Miami-Dade charter school is being closed, NBC Miami reports. • Two Palm Beach charter schools fail to open for lack of enrollment, the Palm Beach Post reports.
JUNK FOOD: The Duval School Board will consider setting a policy for junk food fund raisers even as the federal government increases nutritional standards for school lunches, the Florida Times-Union reports.
BUS RIDES: The St. Lucie school system will allow students who live closer than 2 miles from school to pay for bus rides, the St. Lucie Tribune reports.
GOING CHARTER: A Polk Montessori school seeks to become a charter, the Ledger reports.
CODE OF CONDUCT: The Flagler School Board toughens its discipline rules, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
VOLUNTEERS: The Escambia school district looks for more adults to mentor students, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
BUDGETING: Leon School Board members spar over tax rates and spending priorities, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. • The Alachua School Board decides not to pay for more resource officers, the Gainesville Sun reports.