Florida education news: Third grade, black boys, semester exams and more
THIRD GRADE: The Hernando County school district rethinks its policy on testing and third-grade retention.
EDUCATION MATTERS: Former Buccaneers coach Tony Dungy encourages hundreds of Pinellas students, many of whom were black males, to take advantage of their education to improve their future options.
CALENDARS: The Orange County school district sets its 2017-18 calendar so first semester exams come before winter break, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
SECURITY: Hundreds of Rockledge High students stay home from school after a threatening message surfaces on social media, WESH reports. * A court rules that a Sarasota student's online threats against his school are not a crime, the News Service of Florida reports.
LAND DEALS: The Manatee School Board frets over the future of a tiny parcel it owns, the Bradenton Herald reports.
LEGAL FEES: Citrus School Board members spar about how much to pay district lawyers, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.
TURNAROUNDS: One of Marion County's lowest performing schools gets a new principal, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
HANDS ON: A Bay high school's pre-med program experiences rapid growth, the Panama City News-Herald reports.
SAFETY: Duval middle schools expand their programs on abuse prevention, the Florida Times-Union reports.
LANGUAGES: Pre-k students at nine Orange elementary schools get dual immersion instruction, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
CONFEDERATE FLAG: A Manatee High student hands over his Confederate flag after other students complain, the Bradenton Herald reports.