Florida education news: Third grade promotion, VAM scores, student funding and more
CAMPAIGN TRAIL: A veteran teacher faces off against a well-regarded accountant in the race for Hillsborough County's open at-large School Board seat. * A questionable campaign ad mars the race for Leon superintendent, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
THIRD-GRADE RETENTION: The Broward twins who sued their school district after being held back over their refusal to take state tests win promotion as the district backs down, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
TURNAROUNDS: Some Polk teachers question the state's Value-Added model of evaluations as they're forced out of their schools because of their scores, the Ledger reports.
FUNDING: The Florida Board of Education supports increased per-student funding in the next state budget, the News Service of Florida reports.
BAD ACTS: A Manatee middle school graduation enhancement technician is arrested for getting a minor student pregnant, WFTS reports. * A former Palm Beach School Board member on trial for federal bribery charges argues that key documents in the case were forged, the Palm Beach Post reports. * A Polk middle school student faces felony charges for "shoulder bumping" a teacher, the Ledger reports.
CHARTER SCHOOLS: The Clay School Board narrowly approves a new charter school with ties to the outgoing superintendent, the Florida Times-Union reports. * The Manatee School Board is expected to deny another charter school request, the Bradenton Herald reports. * Residents challenge the viability of a proposed aviation charter school in their Kendall neighborhood, the Miami Herald reports.
SCHOOL SAFETY: Lake's Leesburg High sees a decrease in behavior problems after a year of unrest and violence, the Daily Commercial reports.
LABOR NEWS: Martin County teachers reach a tentative contract agreement that includes added performance pay but does not change the salary schedule, TC Palm reports.
LUNCH LINE: Santa Rosa schools see an increase in men working the cafeterias, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
INFIGHTING: Duval's School Board members and superintendent hope mediation can help mend their poor relations, the Florida Times-Union reports.
OUTSIDE SUPPORT: The Santa Rosa school district refines its rules governing booster club activities, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.