Zika and schools: As more Zika virus cases are discovered in south Florida, school districts are advising parents to dress their children appropriately for school and to use mosquito repellent. They’re also assuring parents that they’re taking all prevention precautions, such as eliminating standing water near schools. WLRN.
School rankings: Florida ranks 21st in the United States in school system quality and 8th in safety, according to a report by WalletHub. Overall, the report ranks Florida as the 14th-best system among the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Florida also had the second-lowest number of bullying incidents. Sunshine State News. Palm Beach Post.
Extra hour questioned: Some parents of higher-performing fourth- and fifth-graders at low-performing schools in Pasco County are questioning the need for an extra hour of reading. School officials say state law requires the extra reading lessons for any student who scored below a 5 , which is the highest score. Gradebook.
School budgeting: The Hillsborough County School Board votes today on a $2.8 billion budget that is still short on specifics about where cuts will be made. Tampa Bay Times. Lake County School Board member Marc Dodd says the district’s budget doesn’t properly address the needs to improve. Lake County ranks among the lowest districts in Florida for learning gains by low-performing students. Daily Commercial. The Indian River County School District will have two town meetings to discuss the budget and the proposed half-mill increase that’s on the Aug. 30 ballot. TCPalm.