Florida education news: Turnarounds, National Anthem, homework and more
TURNAROUNDS: A new principal for Melrose Elementary in south St. Petersburg brings a new attitude to the perennially struggling school. * Polk officials urge residents to help the district's turnaround schools, the Ledger reports.
NATIONAL ANTHEM DEBATE: Collier County students and others have their say about a principal's requirement that all students stand for the anthem, the Naples Daily News reports.
HOMEWORK: A Miami-Dade elementary school ends mandatory homework, the Miami Herald reports.
SCHOOL CHOICE: South Florida families have more school options as districts expand programs, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
BAD ACTS: A Lake high school custodian is accused of poisoning a coworker who got the promotion he wanted, WPTV reports.
TIME TO ACT: Florida Keys leaders urge the Monroe school district to do something with a large property that has sat vacant for seven years, the Keynoter reports.
SAVINGS: The Sarasota district reduces costs on energy use, the Herald-Tribune reports.
PLAY TIME: A Lake elementary teacher tries to raise money for new playground equipment at her school, the Daily Commercial reports. * Duval superintendent Nikolai Vitti says he won't impose a mandate for daily recess despite parent requests, the Florida Times-Union reports.
CAMPAIGN TRAIL: A former Martin principal now running for School Board is accused of failure to properly report suspected child abuse, TCPalm reports.
MOSQUITO CONTROL: Lee County students get lessons on the science of mosquitoes, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
THIRD GRADE RETENTIONS: Highlands schools see the number of retained third graders increase, the Highlands Today reports.
TEACHERS: The Volusia school district restarts its attendance committee after a School Board member says teachers take too many sick days, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.