Success. A high school graduate who worked 12-hour weekend shifts to pay his family’s bills is headed to Johns Hopkins. Tampa Bay Times. A student who rose from homelessness is awarded a college scholarship. Tampa Bay Times.
Charter schools. A planned charter school in the Broward city of Tamarac is put on hold amid opposition from a neighboring senior center, concerns about the cost of facilities, and questions about enrollment priority for city residents. South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Arts. A White House program aimed at promoting the arts in low-performing schools will bring Cameron Diaz to Broward schools. Sun-Sentinel.
Retention. Fewer third-graders may be held back this year. Orlando Sentinel.
Discipline. Flagler settles a civil rights complaint over alleged bias in its discipline practices. Daytona Beach News-Journal.
Special needs. A Treasure Coast lawmaker sets out to create a dyslexia pilot program. Stuart News.
Dress mess. A student stripped of her National Honor Society title over a dress code violation meets with school district officials. Fort Myers News-Press.
Awards. Students at a single-gender turnaround magnet program win a national award for an anti-bullying campaign. Florida Times-Union.
School boards. Manatee’s may consider adding two members. Bradenton Herald.
Administration. Manatee plans to hire a new superintendent. Bradenton Herald. A veteran principal, demoted amid swings in her school’s letter grades, may soon be restored to a school leadership position. Gradebook. Districts plan to reshuffle their administrative ranks. Gradebook. Gainesville Sun.
Charity. Students at a Lakeland Montessori school show support for Nepal earthquake victims. Lakeland Ledger.
Cellphones. A teacher suspended for using a cellphone jammer tells his side of the story. Gradebook.
Budgets. Gradebook looks at the Legislature’s spending plans.
School’s out. Naples Daily News.