Florida education news: Absenteeism, DARE, violin lessons and more
ONE MORE DAY: Nearly 20 percent of Hillsborough students don't show up for school on Monday, the observed New Year holiday. Treasure Coast schools are pulling out the stops to fight absenteeism in the holiday aftermath, the Stuart News reports. (Times file photo)
NEW ECONOMY: Florida's universities got $10 million in 2010 to create programs for a "knowledge-based economy." They're making some progress.
JUST SAY NO: The anti-drug DARE program is fading from Florida's public schools, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
MUCH TO DO: The newly appointed majority on the Edison State College board of trustees must hire new leadership while battling to keep the school's accreditation in its 50th year, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
WILL ANYONE APPLY? Concerns rise that infighting on the Palm Beach School Board will deter top candidates from seeking the superintendency, the Palm Beach Post reports.
BOWING IT: Some Osceola pre-k students develop learning skills through violin lessons, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
LABOR NEWS: The Okaloosa School Board prepares to resolve a salary dispute that ended negotiations in impasse, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
TRAVEL TIME: The University of Florida aims to give students more opportunities for international learning, the Gainesville Sun reports.