ACCOUNTABILITY: After several revisions, Florida finally wins approval for its Every Student Succeeds Act plan. It had been the only state not to have its proposal accepted by the federal Education Department. Commissioner Pam Stewart held out to keep as much of the state’s existing accountability model in place as possible, even if it conflicted with the federal rules. More from Education Week.
RACE RELATIONS: A new study reports that Florida’s universities don’t serve African-American students as well as they could.
SECURITY: Pasco County schools plan to add more surveillance cameras and replace faulty door locks as part of their security improvements.
TAXES: The Hillsborough County school district amps up its effort to convince voters to back a sales tax referendum that would support construction and maintenance projects.
MEDICAL MARIJUANA: The Orange and Volusia county school districts approve new policies allowing students to use medical marijuana on campus, Orlando Weekly reports. More from Daytona Beach News-Journal, Orlando Sentinel.
CAMPAIGN TRAIL: Three Polk County School Board candidates could swing the board’s majority to a more activist, questioning approach, the Ledger reports.
TURNAROUNDS: A Marion County School Board member encourages the district to do more to inform parents about possible changes to a struggling elementary school, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
STUDENT VOICES: Clay County’s superintendent has his first meeting of a new student advisory panel to give him ideas for improving the district, Clay Today reports.
CLASSROOM MATERIALS: A Lake County elementary school launches a drive to collect books that reflect its student diversity, the Daily Commercial reports.
GRADING SCALES: The St. Lucie County school district refutes a fired teacher’s claim that she was not allowed to give students zero grades for assignments they didn’t turn in, KSAT reports.
AUDIT: A newly released state audit questions whether the Lee County school district misused impact fee and ad valorem tax revenue, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
VACCINATIONS: The Santa Rosa County school district suspends its flu shot program amid parent complaints their children were vaccinated without their consent, WEAR reports.
BUS SAFETY: A new state report shows Duval County was third worst in Florida for illegal passing of school buses, behind Miami-Dade and Broward, WJAX reports.
ICYMI: Yesterday’s Florida education news roundup