School choice. Responding to parent demand and competition from charter and private schools, the superintendent in Florida’s seventh largest district plans to add five new magnet programs in the coming years. Tampa Bay Times.
Lawsuits. The Florida Education Association says it will challenge this year’s major school choice legislation in court. The union will release specifics today, but says the lawsuit will focus on “the way it was passed.” Sentinel School Zone. Times/Herald. Education Week.
Religion. An atheist group is allowed to distribute materials in Orange County schools, ending a lawsuit. Sentinel School Zone.
Teacher pay. Pasco schools pare back pay raises as other expenses rise. Tampa Bay Times.
School safety. The Flagler school board proposes changes to its student conduct policies. Daytona Beach News-Journal.
Transportation. Hillsborough officials say they are improving the district’s bus system. Tampa Tribune.