STANDARDS REVIEW: Florida is poised to get its fifth set of academic standards since 1996. Education commissioner Richard Corcoran is calling the revisions “historic,” but many educators have quite a different view about what they’ve seen in the drafts so far.
VOUCHERS: State officials celebrate distributing all the available new ‘Family Empowerment’ private school vouchers to 18,000 students.
DRESS CODE: A Polk County teen is turned away from the Tampa Homeschool Homecoming because she wore a jumpsuit rather than a dress.
BIBLE BILL: Rep. Kimberly Daniels refiles legislation to require public high schools teach an elective course on the Bible, Florida Politics reports.
LUNCH LINE: A Palm Beach County businessman pays off the outstanding lunch debt for about 400 students attending schools in the Jupiter area, WPEC reports.
RECOGNITION FUNDS: The number of Treasure Coast schools receiving state A-Plus funds for student performance declines, TC Palm reports.
BONUSES: Osceola County teachers reach an agreement with the school district on how to distribute Best and Brightest bonus money, Positively Osceola reports.
STUDENT COUNT: Marion County’s public school student enrollment reaches a record high, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
SCHOOL SHOTS: Ant-vaxxers derail state efforts to strengthen school vaccination requirements, GateHouse reports.
SCHOOL DAYS: The Broward County school district considers giving students a week off for Thanksgiving next year, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS: Sarasota County’s prized school for the gifted soon could have new rules for where students take their core courses, the Herald-Tribune reports.
INTERNET ACCESS: The Duval County school district launches a new program providing needy high school students Wi-fi hotspots to use at home, the Florida Times-Union reports.
LEGAL ADVICE: The Orange County School Board gets a new top lawyer, the West Orange Observer reports.
TEACHER DISCIPLINE: A Manatee County accused of physically abusing and berating her kindergarten students was allowed to keep her job until her retirement, the Bradenton Herald reports.
AUDIT FINDINGS: The Lee County school district needs to provide more answers to the state auditor about questioned spending of $1.2 million, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
HUMAN TRAFFICKING: Former sex workers say there’s value in Florida requiring school lessons on human trafficking, the Herald-Tribune reports.
IN COURT: A former St. Johns County student wins a $35,000 settlement from the school district after suing over her suspension because of a social media post, WJXT reports.