Florida education news: AP chemistry, volunteering, free Bibles and more
LET'S HEAR IT: Pasco lawmakers Will Weatherford and John Legg head up key education committees in Tallahassee, and they want to hear priorities from local educators before session starts.
FIRE THEM: Hernando's board attorney recommends the board overrule an administrative law judge and fire a teacher who admitted smoking pot. While they're at it, the superintendent says the board should dismiss a bus driver who failed a breath test, too.
COMMUNICATION IS KEY: Palm Beach district leaders finally explain their new testing policy, and it's about time, the Palm Beach Post editorializes.
MAKE A COMMITMENT: First Lady Michelle Obama urges children to get more involved in their schools and communities during a trip to Miami, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
LABOR NEWS: The Broward teachers union accuses the district of treating employee e-mails like spam, the Miami Herald reports. • Santa Rosa teachers plead for their step increases from the board, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
TEACHERS? WHO NEEDS 'EM? A group of Miami high school students teach themselves AP chemistry when the school won't provide the class, the Miami Herald reports.
THANKS FOR THE BIBLE: A dad gets upset when his fifth-grader brings home a Bible handed out at his south Georgia school, and officials say they don't have problems with people handing out free books at school, the Florida Times Union reports.
FLU TEST: A Sarasota elementary school studies whether soap or hand sanitizer is best for keeping the flu at bay, the Herald-Tribune reports.