Florida education news: Vouchers, third-grade retention, maternity leave and more
VOUCHERS: A state audit finds problems in the way student eligibility is determined for Florida personal learning scholarships.
TESTING: Manatee third graders who refuse state testing won't be promoted to fourth grade, the Bradenton Herald reports.
GRADUATION RATES: Orange County leaders cheer the district's rising graduation rate at traditional high schools, a number that differs from state reports, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
VIOLENCE: A student is hospitalized after a stabbing inside a Palm Beach high school restroom, WPEC reports.
CIVIL RIGHTS: The Palm Beach school district faces a federal complaint over accusations it demoted an assistant principal for taking maternity leave, the Palm Beach Post reports. • The arrest of a Brevard School Board candidate for his outburst at a board meeting raises free speech debate, Florida Today reports.
GENDER ISSUES: Lake and Sumter schools will not change their procedures or rules relating to transgender students and bathrooms, the Daily Commercial reports. Florida does not join 11 states challenging the Obama administration's latest directive on the issue, the Orlando Sentinel reports. More from Politico Florida.
COLLEGE COSTS: Gov. Rick Scott launches a campaign to encourage university students to finish in four years to save in tuition fees, the News Service of Florida reports.
SEX INCIDENT: Fort Myers residents gather to discuss the culture that led to a the highly publicized case of a girl having sex with several boys in a high school bathroom, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
CHARTER SCHOOLS: A Manatee charter school asks to use a campus the school district is closing for a new middle school, the Bradenton Herald reports.
MAGNET SCHOOLS: A change in Pine View School for the Gifted's magnet designation causes consternation among Sarasota parents, the Herald-Tribune reports.