PRE-K TESTING: In the wake of Florida teachers taking to the streets of Tallahassee, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders wanted to show his support. He penned a column that appeared in the Sun-Sentinel, in which he criticized much of the education plan of Gov. Ron DeSantis. That included a claim that the governor wanted to extend standardized testing into preschool years. He didn’t get it quite right, Politifact Florida reports.
SCHOOL SAFETY: A special grand jury found several Florida school districts in violation of state law aimed at improving security measures on campus. The state Senate will start looking into recommendations for tweaking the laws, and for holding the districts more accountable, Florida Politics reports.
GIFTED GRADUATION: The Sarasota County School Board will consider making it tougher to graduate from its rigorous Pine View School for the Gifted, the Herald-Tribune reports. Among the possible changes: Requiring students to take their courses on campus, and not through dual enrollment or online.
UNDER WATER: When it rains, everyone at Manatee County’s Palmetto High School knows it. The district wants to fix the flooding problem, and expects the cost could rise as high as $25 million, the Bradenton Herald reports.
CAMPAIGN TRAIL: State Rep. Bruce Antone, the ranking Democrat on the House Education Committee, prepares to seek a seat on the Orange County School Board, Florida Politics reports.
GRADUATION RATES: Lake County’s Umatilla High School sees unexpectedly large gains in its graduation rate, the Daily Commercial reports.
TOP TEACHERS: Holly Hill School fifth grade teacher Josie Stumpf is named Volusia County teacher of the year, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
TECHNICAL EDUCATION: The Marion County School Board gives its approval to build a new 45,000 square foot institute on the campus of Marion Technical College, the Ocala Star-Banner reports. It would replace an aging facility that currently requires costly renovations.
START TIMES: Monroe County schools might start classes later in the day, but not because of anything related to sleep science. The only bridge into Key West is slated for construction, and the expected traffic snarl is prompting district officials to consider a new schedule, WLRN reports.