Florida education news: Turnarounds, third grade lawsuit, health clinics and more
TURNAROUNDS: Hillsborough's new chief of schools comes with a reputation of focusing on neglected schools and communities, and working to improve them.
THIRD GRADE LAWSUIT: A Leon circuit judge hears testimony on Florida's third-grade retention laws, and could rule on an injunction request this week, the Associated Press reports.
HEALTHY SCHOOLS: The Monroe School Board narrowly agrees to keep free health clinics on school campuses, the Keynoter reports.
HELP WANTED: Sarasota and Manatee schools have dozens of teaching vacancies as students return to classes, the Herald-Tribune reports.
COMMUNICATION: Duval School Board members criticize their superintendent over a last-minute letter to parents, the Florida Times-Union reports.
NEW APPROACH: Florida School for the Deaf and Blind adopts a new teaching method after parents complained that the previous model hindered deaf students, the St. Augustine Record reports.
CHARTER SCHOOLS: Visible Men Academy in Manatee County aims to stay true to its social mission while also overcoming its academic shortcomings, the Bradenton Herald reports.
TESTING: Fewer Indian River students had learning gains on state tests in 2016 under the new formula, TC Palm reports.
CLASSROOM TECH: Lee County schools expand their one-to-one technology program into high schools with Chromebooks, the Fort Myers News Press reports. * All Orange County high school students will get laptops this year, and the superintendent says they're virtually theft-proof, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
GIFTED EDUCATION: Palm Beach schools' efforts to diversify enrollment in gifted programs don't make much headway in kindergarten, the Palm Beach Post reports.
HOMELESSNESS: School-based programs help Flagler's homeless children, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
NEW SCHOOLS: A new K-8 school opens in east Orange County after a year of feuding over the site, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
CAMPAIGN TRAIL: School choice advocates seek to influence the outcome of a state legislative race, Politico Florida reports.
MAINTENANCE: Some Palm Beach schools suffer leaks, failing air conditioning and mold, the Sun-Sentinel reports. * No repairs or construction has begun nearly two years after Broward voters approved a bond to repair dozens of schools, the Sun-Sentinel reports.