TESTING RULES: The Florida Department of Education seeks an extension to revise its Every Student Succeeds Act plan, as requested by the federal government. U.S. Education Department reviewers raised concerns about the state's stance on several areas, including languages used for testing and the accounting of demographic groups in measuring achievement.
'TIS THE SEASON: Sarasota police hand out gifts and treats to children in a local middle school, the Bradenton Herald reports.
PUBLIC RECORDS: An Okaloosa County school district official is accused of breaking the state's Sunshine Law in releasing exempt information to a television reporter, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
GROWTH: Expected Flagler County school enrollment increases prompt district leaders to consider options for accommodating the influx, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
LABOR NEWS: Sarasota County teachers and district officials cannot reach a pay agreement before winter break, the Herald-Tribune reports.
FINANCES: St. Johns County educators worry that limited revenue could hurt the district's performance, the St. Augustine Record reports.
BAD ACTS: A substitute teacher at a Hillsborough County charter school is arrested on accusations of molesting a student.
We at the Gradebook wish everyone the happiest winter break possible. The news is likely to slow to a trickle, so our posting will be more sporadic during the lull. But we'll keep an eye out for the things that move, and let you know when it does.