Florida education news: Politics, absenteeism, testing resolutions and more

Published Oct. 21, 2014

RAISES: Hillsborough superintendent MaryEllen Elia promises district bus drivers raises and better training.

RACES: Too much politics, not enough policy discussion in Hillsborough School Board races, the Times editorializes. • Pro-voucher groups start pouring money into Sarasota School Board races, the Herald-Tribune reports.

DIPLOMAS: A Pensacola virtual education program helps inmates earn their high school diplomas, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

ENGLISH LEARNERS: Florida continues its dispute with the federal government over accountability and students still learning English, State Impact Florida reports.

ATTENDANCE: Chronic absenteeism is affecting some Lake County schools, the Daily Commercial reports.

TESTING: The Broward School Board prepares to join a growing group adopting resolutions against high-stakes testing in Florida, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

PROJECT MONEY: Escambia teachers win grants for STEM projects the district can't otherwise afford, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.