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Florida education news: Evaluations, discipline, testing and more

LOOKING FORWARD: Pinellas school district leaders tell a skeptical crowd in St. Petersburg that the district is working to fix their area's perennially failing schools.

EVALUATIONS: Broward schools rate only 5 percent of teachers as "highly effective," compared to 43 percent in Palm Beach, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

DISCIPLINE: The Miami-Dade school district rolls out a new approach to student discipline, the Miami Herald reports.

ACHIEVEMENT GAPS: Florida does better than Massachusetts in educating minority students, the Boston Globe reports.

BACK TO SCHOOL: Sarasota and Manatee schools face a variety of issues as students return to classes, the Herald-Tribune reports.

TESTING: Santa Rosa district leaders expect to seek reimbursement for expenses related to spring testing problems, the Pensacola News-Journal reports. • A poll shows Americans think schools put too much emphasis on testing, the Washington Post reports. • Criticism and doubt mount as Florida prepares for the release of a testing validity study, Politico Florida reports.

SUCCESS: Southwest Florida school and community members explore what success in education means to them, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

OPTIONS: Families seek growing school choices in Duval County, the Florida Times-Union reports. • One new Duval school focuses on students with severe reading, writing and math disabilities, the Times-Union reports.

CROWDING: Manatee schools are running out of available seats, the Bradenton Herald reports. • The Orange school district expects 5,300 new students, more than any other district in Florida, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

LABOR NEWS: Miami-Dade teachers reach a tentative contract deal, the Miami Herald reports.

STAFF MATTERS: Collier and Lee school officials count attracting and retaining top faculty and staff as key to school success, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

OVERSIGHT: The Manatee School Board has a new community watchdog, the Herald-Tribune reports.