Florida education news: Contract talks, dress code, start times and more



LABOR NEWS: Hillsborough teachers take time from work to urge the School Board to negotiate a new, fair contract.

DRESS CODE: Students and parents protest the new dress code at Pasco’s Ridgewood High School.

EVALUATIONS: More Lake County teachers earn top evaluation ratings, but the number still pales compared to neighboring districts, the Orlando Sentinel reports. More from the Daily Commercial.

GOALS: The Duval School Board splits while adopting new academic targets, the Florida Times-Union reports.

BELL TIMES: The Orange County School Board prepares to survey parents about whether to change school start times, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

BUSTED: One student is arrested and others face suspension after officials find cocaine at a Manatee County middle school, the Bradenton Herald reports.

TESTING: Five students at Southwest Miami Senior High earn perfect scores on their AP exams, the Miami Herald reports. • A Leon teen is one of three students worldwide to ace the AP physics exam, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

ACHIEVEMENT GAP: The Lee County school district expands its “Choosing Excellence” philosophy to try to narrow its achievement gap, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

SCHOOL CHOICE: Palm Beach County schools anticipate close to double the number of students to apply than it has seats available, the Palm Beach Post reports.

SUPERINTENDENTS: Several audience members walk out to protest the hiring of new Sarasota superintendent Todd Bowden, the Herald-Tribune reports.

CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS: The Broward County school district hires firms to make needed repairs at three high schools, but uses a process that has been criticized by a grand jury, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

YOU’RE OUT: A Leon County high school assistant baseball coach and hall monitor resigns amid an investigation into inappropriate correspondence with female students, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

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