Florida education news: Turnarounds, word problems, magnet schools and more
SKEPTICAL: St. Petersburg's black civic leaders harbor doubts about the Pinellas school district's plans to improve schools in their community.
DISASTER DAY: Students in Pinellas Park High's first responder program practice dealing with a major emergency.
MATH LESSONS: Fourth graders at Hernando's Suncoast Elementary get instruction in answering math word problems.
LABOR NEWS: Gadsden teachers could get their first raises in several years, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
CHARTER SCHOOLS: A new study shows Florida charter school graduates had a better track record of entering and completing college than district school graduates, Education Week reports.
BUDGET CUTS: Clay school officials prepare to cut positions and programs, Clay Today reports.
TESTING: A growing number of Manatee families seek to opt their children out of state testing, the Observer reports.
PICKUP LINES: Residents of a neighborhood near Manatee King Middle School complain that parents park in their neighborhood while awaiting their children at the end of the day, the Bradenton Herald reports.
AFTER SCHOOL: Collier schools make few changes to their after-school programs after listening to opportunities from outside vendors, the Naples Daily News reports.
SAFETY: Miami-Dade schools plan to install $10 million of security monitoring systems, the Miami Herald reports. The district also might ban hoverboards, the Miami Herald reports. • An Escambia school takes precautions after a rumor of violence swirls on Facebook, the Pensacola News-Journal reports. • Residents of a Leon County neighborhood protest that almost a dozen sexual offenders live near their elementary school, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
MAGNET SCHOOLS: The Duval School Board agrees to convert some struggling neighborhood schools into magnets, the Florida Times-Union reports.
SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION: Florida schools could see some construction rules relaxed, Politico Florida reports.
TAXES: The Palm Beach School Board decides to join the County Commission in seeking a local sales tax increase, the Palm Beach Post reports.
MORE THAN AN F: The only F-rated school in Volusia County celebrates its successes, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
SUPERINTENDENTS: Manatee superintendent Diana Greene wins her School Board's full support after a one-year trial run, the Herald-Tribune reports.