Florida education news: Pledge of Allegiance lawsuit, immigrant education, tutoring troubles and more

Education

A student and school custodian secure the U.S. flag in a fifth grade classroom. [Times | 2013]

A student and school custodian secure the U.S. flag in a fifth grade classroom. [Times | 2013]

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TAKE A KNEE: Lawyers for the Pasco County school district say students do not have an unqualified, clearly established right to kneel during the daily pledge to the flag, rebutting a family’s lawsuit contending otherwise.

SUMMER LEARNING: Some Pasco County middle schoolers use their summer break to enhance their STEM knowledge.

IMMIGRANT EDUCATION: The Miami-Dade County School Board calls for an investigation into how the district educates newly arrived teens, amid concerns they are steered into nontraditional programs, the Miami Herald reports. • Collier County schools face similar complaints of failing to educate immigrant students, the Teacher Projectreports.

TUTOR TROUBLES: The Palm Beach County school district ends its relationship with a firm that offered free tutoring services, saying it didn’t deliver, the Palm Beach Postreports.

SCHOOL SAFETY: Costs stall the creation of the Marion County school district’s new security plan, the Ocala Star-Banner reports. • Most of the ideas a Palm Beach County grand jury has to better secure schools are costly, the Palm Beach Post reports. • Sarasota County leaders criticize the school district’s creation of a new internal police force, the Herald-Tribune reports.

TEST RESULTS: Bay County school officials dig into their state test outcomes to seek success stories, the Panama City News Herald reports.

CAREER EDUCATION: The Escambia County school district will add three career academies, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

BACKGROUND CHECKS: Leon County School Board members call for enhanced background checks of mentor coaches after the arrest of one volunteer coach, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

IN COURT: Three Palm Beach County teens accuse the school district and juvenile justice system of not providing them an adequate education while they were in jail, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

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Written by Loknath Das