Kiera Wilmot. Prosecutors won’t file criminal charges against Kiera Wilmot, the Polk County student who has become a cause celebre after igniting a small chemical explosion on school grounds, reports the Lakeland Ledger. Beth Kassab says the arrest took things way too far. In the aftermath, neighboring Orange will get clarification on its zero tolerance policies, reports SchoolZone. Huffington Post op-ed: “Five ways to stop a black scientist.”
Online learning. Privatization, everywhere. Bradenton Herald.
School choice. A private transportation option – at $1,350 annually per student – has emerged for students in Brevard’s district choice schools, reports Florida Today. The Palm Beach County school board is urged to move ahead with plans to create an all-boys middle school, reports the Palm Beach Post.
School administration. Pinellas Superintendent Mike Grego shuffles the team at the top. Gradebook.
School uniforms. The Volusia school board plans to again discuss the possibility – for students and teachers. Daytona Beach News Journal.