Florida education news: Texting while driving, teacher raises, dual enrollment and more
TEXTING AND TRAGEDY: Bishop McLaughlin High students learn about the perils of texting while driving as a new law banning the practice takes effect. • A state lawmaker pushes to make Florida's new law even tougher.
LABOR NEWS: Pasco district employees and the School Board ratify contracts that provide the first raises in six years.
FEE FIGHT: Pasco-Hernando Community College and its feeder districts remain at odds over some dual enrollment administrative fees.
STUDENT VOICES: The Hernando School Board adds more student representation to its business meetings.
COPS AND ROBBERS: A central Florida school suspends an 8-year-old student for pretending his finger was a gun while playing, Fox News reports.
CHARTER SCHOOLS: The Broward School Board terminates a charter school that had no permanent location, the Sun-Sentinel reports. • A controversial Broward charter school creates fights within its Hollywood community over traffic, religion and more, the Miami Herald reports.
FLAWED: Collier superintendent Kamela Patton tells parents not to rely on the state's school grading system, the Naples Daily News reports.
CAREER TRAINING: The Flagler district prepares to launch several new initiatives to prepare students for work as well as college, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
TRANSFORMATION: Orange County's D- and F-rated schools report their improvement plans, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
TAXES: A Republican group aims to kill Sarasota's local option property tax as the school district looks to extend it, the Herald-Tribune reports.
FEW CHOICES: Low-income families struggle to find alternative child care as the federal shutdown forces Big Bend Head Start programs to close, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.