A fight for neighborhood schools, a tobacco ban and more
CLOSE TO HOME: As many of Pinellas County’s zoned elementary schools lose students to magnet programs, private schools and charters, some parents are trying to revive interest in their neighborhood schools.
NO-SMOKING ZONE: Effective Jan. 4, the University of South Florida will ban tobacco use on its Tampa campus. That means no e-cigarettes either.
OVERREACH: Palm Beach County School Board member Mike Murgio stepped over the line and meddled in areas where he didn’t belong, leading to the district’s bus crisis, the Palm Beach Post says in an editorial.
CASE CLOSED: Collier County officials settle with a high school teacher who filed a lawsuit alleging the district retaliated against her, the Naples Daily News reports.
PLAYING CATCH-UP: Teachers and school-based administrators in Marion County rank near the bottom of the 20 largest school districts in Florida when it comes to pay, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
GETTING READY: The Pensacola News Journal reports on kindergarten readiness in Escambia County, where only 66 percent of 5-year-olds are prepared to start school.