Florida education news: Third-grade retention, testing, school security and more
DENIED: Hernando County students involved in Florida's third-grade retention lawsuit are not welcomed into fourth grade when they arrive at school with a judge's order. * The Hernando and Orange school districts, and the state Department of Education, appeal the judge's ruling, the Orlando Sentinel reports. More from WKMG.
TESTING: Critics say Florida's $4.8 million fine against contractor AIR for 2015 problems won't fix the state's underlying assessment troubles, the Sunshine State News reports.
SUPERINTENDENTS: The Lake School Board kicks off its search for its next district leader, setting the salary at $195,000, the Daily Commercial reports.
SECURITY: St. Lucie district officials consider future actions to improve security at high school football games after a fight forces the suspension of one event, TC Palm reports. * Bradford County schools close in the wake of a telephoned bomb threat, the Florida Times-Union reports.
STUDENT COUNTS: Alachua schools try to manage available space as enrollment increases push some campuses beyond capacity, the Gainesville Sun reports. * Highland school officials say the early start to classes is affecting attendance and enrollment, Highlands Today reports.
CAMPAIGN TRAIL: An incumbent Lee School Board member accidentally sends campaign emails to district employees' work accounts in violation of district policy, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
EQUITY: Volusia schools struggle to attract enough girls to their sports teams, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.