Florida education news: Bonuses, turnarounds, dropout prevention and more

Published March 13, 2017

BONUSES: Florida lawmakers explore expanding the state's controversial Best and Brightest award to include more teachers and add principals.

TURNAROUNDS: Struggling Potter Elementary in Hillsborough County battles to improve despite high teacher turnover and poor student discipline.

DROPOUT PREVENTION: The Hernando County school district ends its contract with a private firm that had been serving at-risk students.

GETTING THERE: FishHawk parents reluctantly accept that their children will have to walk to school next year, as the Hillsborough school district cuts bus service.

TEACHER DISCIPLINE: A Hillsborough County music teacher accused of helping students on an end-of-course test will keep her job but be reassigned.

TEXTBOOKS: A bill to give Floridians more opportunities to challenge public school instructional materials has critics worries that science instruction could be jeopardized, the Naples Daily News reports.

YOU'VE GOT A FRIEND: Teens at a Palm Beach high school start a We Dine Together club to help all students feel included, CBS reports.

STUDENT DISCIPLINE: The Marion County school district reminds students not to provide alcohol to others, the Ocala Star Banner reports. • The Duval County School Board will consider readmitting two brothers accused of bringing a loaded gun to school after charges are dropped, the Florida Times-Union reports.

FREE LUNCH: More than half of Bay County students qualify for meal assistance, the Panama City News Herald reports.

TEACHER SHORTAGE: The Bay County school district expands its recruiting to attract teachers in high-need fields, the Panama City News Herald reports.

STUDENT INFORMATION: The Polk County School Board considers purchasing a $4.1 million upgrade to its student data system, the Ledger reports.

TOLERANCE: A Polk County bus driver is accused of telling a second grader that he and his two moms will go to hell, the Ledger reports.

WHAT'S IN A NAME? North Manatee County residents find it tough to find a meaningful name for their new high school, the Herald-Tribune reports.

ACHIEVEMENT GAP: The Palm Beach County school district sets long-term goals for higher achievement, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

TESTING: St. Johns County schools prepare to launch the individualized i-Ready assessment system, the St. Augustine Record reports.

LABOR NEWS: Polk district and union officials return to contract negotiations, the Ledger reports.