Florida education news: Florida model, single-gender classes, school makeovers and more Jeffrey S. Solochek, Times Staff Writer Monday, April 10, 2017 6:42am

FLORIDA MODEL: U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos looks to Florida for school choice ideas, focusing on tax credit scholarships, the Washington Post reports. DeVos sat for an interview with the Miami Herald during a recent Florida visit. • Palm Beach County superintendent Robert Avossa angles to get DeVos to visit his district, the Palm Beach Post reports.

BAD ACTS: A Pinellas County teacher faces new child pornography charges after investigators find images on his school-issue computer. • An Alachua County school janitor is arrested on allegations he placed cameras in staff restrooms, the Gainesville Sun reports.

GENDER MATTERS: A Polk County charter school finds academic success using single-gender classrooms, the Ledger reports.

OPEN ENROLLMENT: The Clay County School Board sets its campus capacity at 85 percent for allowing students to transfer into a school, News 4 Jax reports.

MAKEOVERS: Aging Miami-Dade County schools get updated for a new generation of learning, the Miami Herald reports.

LITERACY LESSONS: A decision to refocus funds to literacy programs in struggling schools means taking money away from Jacksonville after-school and summer programs, the Florida Times-Union reports.

EVALUATIONS: Brevard County superintendent Desmond Blackburn eliminates some time-consuming requirements of his district's teacher and administrator evaluations, Florida Today reports.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: A new K-8 charter school serving Lee and Charlotte counties hires its first principal, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. • A 'schools of hope' proposal by the Florida House is not gaining interest from many national charter school operators, which don't generally run turnaround schools, Politico Florida reports.

TESTING: The Florida House and Senate remain divided on how to tackle state testing concerns, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

LUNCH LINE: South Florida school districts change their cafeteria menus to offer more healthy options, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

IN COURT: The Bay County school district settles a defamation case brought by a former high school athletic director, the Panama City News Herald reports.

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