Florida education news: Unexcused absences, opting out, paycheck problems and more
ABSENTEEISM: Pasco district leaders consider ending a rule that bars students from extracurricular activities if they have too many unexcused absences.
ATTENDANCE ZONES: Some parents protest plans to redraw boundaries for their A-rated southeast Hillsborough elementary school.
TESTING: Leon schools seek to adopt 'best practices' for children who ask to opt out of testing, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
INVOLVEMENT: Collier district officials see more community participation as part of their improvement plans, the Naples Daily News reports.
PLANNING TIME: Lee secondary teachers get back their daily planning period after having gone without for a decade, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
CHARTER SCHOOLS: An Alachua charter school that had faced academic and financial problems sees improvements on both fronts, the Gainesville Sun reports.