Florida education news: Textbooks, teacher retention, attendance zones and more
MATERIALS: The Hillsborough School Board decides to keep using disliked Springboard math and language arts books rather than spend about $12 million to replace them.
TEACHER RETENTION: Educators flee struggling Moton Elementary School in Hernando County.
REZONING: Pasco County parents criticize the school district's attendance zone revision process.
PRIORITIES: The Brevard School Board sets its legislative goals including more flexibility on testing, Florida Today reports. • The Manatee School Board discusses asking lawmakers for more oversight of home-schoolers but drops the idea, the Bradenton Herald reports.
EARLY EDUCATION: Thousands of eligible Florida preschoolers are not enrolled in Head Start because of a lack of funding, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
TURNAROUNDS: Miami-Dade's newest School Board member wants to increase the district's focus on F-rated schools, the Florida Bulldog reports. • Several Marion County schools have trouble improving their student test results, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
SUPERINTENDENTS: Six candidates for Lake County superintendent offer their views during public interviews, the Daily Commercial reports. • The St. Johns School Board approves a contract for its new superintendent, the St. Augustine Record reports. • New Leon superintendent Rocky Hanna begins an overhaul of his administration including high school principals, WFSU reports.
CHARTER SCHOOLS: The superintendent of Cape Coral charter schools apologizes to the city mayor after a public dispute over a teacher's hiring, the North Fort Myers Neighbor reports.
NEW SCHOOLS: The Manatee school district begins making preparations to build a new high school in Parrish, the Bradenton Herald reports.
SICK SCHOOL: An Indian River middle school experiences a norovirus outbreak, TC Palm reports.
LABOR NEWS: The Brevard School Board approves raises for teachers, Florida Today reports.
CURRICULUM: Duval school district officials find the system's curriculum is good, but aren't certain how well teachers implement it, the Florida Times-Union reports.
PLAY TIME: The Orange School Board approves 20 minutes of daily recess for all elementary schools, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
LEGAL ADVICE: The Polk School Board agrees to retain its lawyer who recently resigned and unresigned, the Ledger reports.
BAD ACTS: The Polk School Board fires a transportation manager who lied and covered up information relating to a student's death at a bus stop, the Ledger reports.