Florida education news: Legislation, math lessons, scandal and more

Published January 2

IN TALLAHASSEE: Education promises to be one of the Florida Legislature's top policy issues in the 2018 session beginning in January. Items on the table include expanding the Bright Futures scholarship and creating a tax credit scholarship for bullied K-12 students.  More from the News Service of Florida.

MATH LESSONS: Some Alachua County teachers will give a test run to a revamped Algebra Nation system, the Independent Alligator reports.

SCANDAL: Details continue to emerge about investigations into the behavior of Okaloosa County school district officials, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports. The actions of a dedicated father helped uncover problems in the district, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

LET THE MUSIC PLAY: An Alachua County music teacher keeps his students interested by allowing them to perform the songs they like, the Gainesville Sun reports.

REMEMBERING: A Palm Beach County school memorializes a student lost at sea with a campus mural, the Palm Beach Post reports.

AFTER THE STORM: An anonymous donor contributes $500,000 to help Monroe County teachers and school staff recover from Hurricane Irma, the Keynoter reports.

NEXT STOP: Former St. Johns County superintendent Joe Joyner talks about his transition to the presidency of Flagler College, the St. Augustine Record reports.

BAD ACTS: A Broward County middle school's janitor and secretary are fired amid allegations they stole money from the school district, the Sun-Sentinel reports.