This Weeks Most Read News Amendment could dissolve, merge school districts
The size, shape, number and even the politics of Florida's school districts could change dramatically if state voters support a constitutional amendment proposed by two South Florida lawmakers. Legislation introduced by State Sen. Jeff Brandes and state Rep. Matt Caldwell would empower the Florida Legislature to abolish existing school districts.
257Florida's school class size limits reviewed
A 2013 state law aimed at giving Florida public schools flexibility similar to that of charter schools has fast become a way for districts to avoid the most expensive provisions of the 2002 class-size reduction amendment. The rule let campuses deemed "schools of choice" calculate their class size as a school average, rather than as strict classroom counts. Since it was passed, 61 percent of the state's 3,041 district-run schools have gained the vaguely defined label.Stagnant reading performance by Florida students prompts talk of new approaches
For nearly two decades, Florida's public education system has heavily emphasized the role of reading - especially students' need to read for comprehension by the end of third grade. Now, state leaders are conceding that the intense focus has not yielded the results they wanted.Recess committee recommends breaks for K-5 students in Polk County schools
The recess committee's recommendations are in: Give students in kindergarten through second grade 10 to 20 minutes to play every day, and give students in third through fifth grade 50 to 80 minutes a week. It is up to the Polk County School Board to decide whether to accept the policy.