State News Roundup
Florida Department Identifies Lowest-Performing Schools
The Florida education department has released a list of the state's 164 lowest-performing schools.
The schools included 120 elementary schools, 22 middle schools, and 22 high schools, according to the department. These schools were in the state's lowest categories on proficiency tests for the past two years.
Schools on the list, which was released last month, can write an improvement plan and apply for a portion of a $4 million improvement fund. The state legislature is also considering a plan that would allow the state to fire principals from the schools on the target list.
Juvenile-Offender Law Upheld
A Wyoming law that allows juvenile offenders over age 14 to be tried as adults for violent crimes is constitutional, the state supreme court has ruled.
The high court rejected challenges to the 1994 statute by two adolescent boys last month. In separate cases, the court upheld the decisions of two lower courts that recommended violent offenders be tried as adults.
Wyoming is among many states that have instituted such policies to crack down on juvenile offenders over the past few years.