Florida education news: Turnarounds, state rules, pets' mess and more
TURNAROUNDS: Seven Springs Elementary School, once one of Pasco County's highest performing elementary schools, looks for a way back to better academic results after its student demographics change. • State education leaders step in to help Moton Elementary, Hernando County's long struggling campus.
FLEXIBILITY: Hundreds of Florida's most successful schools on state testing receive relief on class size, teacher certification, budgeting and other laws.
OUTTA HERE: A St. Petersburg College provost is fired for waiting too long to report his arrest to school officials.
"SCHOOLS OF HOPE": The Florida Department of Education gives no hints which schools might receive $2,000-per-student grants to help their improvement efforts. The department also is still working on rules for charter school operators to follow if they want support to open near district schools that repeatedly fall short on state testing goals, Redefined reports. So far none have applied for the funding.
LEGAL COUNSEL: The Holmes County School Board hires a new attorney, the Holmes County Times Advertiser reports.
POLITICS: A recent Hillsborough County School Board spat gives one candidate for the board an opening to criticize the incumbents, Florida Politics reports.
FURRY FAMILY MEMBERS: A key lawmaker says Florida schools might not have been best equipped to handle pets while serving as hurricane shelters, the News Service of Florida reports.