Florida education news: Third graders, DeVos, guns in schools and more
THIRD GRADE PROMOTION: A three judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal hears arguments on a case challenging Florida's third-grade retention laws. More from the News Service of Florida.
SCHOOL SAFETY: A Polk County student is taken into custody after falsely claiming an armed person was on campus, WTSP reports. • Duval County school officials will take steps to respond to firearms incidents at schools, the Florida Times-Union reports. • A Leon County high school student is arrested at school with a sawed off shotgun in his car, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
BENEFITS: Florida lawmakers seek to add charter school workers to the list of state employees who can receive a payment to adopt children deemed difficult to place, the Ledger reports.
TOP HONOR: Melissa Rose Garcia of Palm Beach County schools is Florida's School Counselor of the Year, the Palm Beach Post reports.
DUAL ENROLLMENT: The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee welcomes its first ever dually enrolled student from Sarasota schools, the Bradenton Herald reports.
HEALTHY SCHOOLS: The Lee County school district will create an outdoor exercise area for public use, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
SCHOOL CHOICE: The Orange County School Board extends its deadline for out-of-county open enrollment applications, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
INFIGHTING: A Sarasota County School Board meeting to celebrate students turns into a battle over whether to approve past meeting minutes, the Herald-Tribune reports.
SCHOOL MOVES: Some Leon County parents of children with disabilities worry a planned relocation of their school might not happen, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.