Florida education news: Autism, Bright Futures, iPads and more
FINDING THEIR VOICE: Using technology, teachers at Odessa Elementary School in Pasco help children with autism learn to communicate. (Times photo, Brendan Fitterer)
MORE TO COME: Teacher contract revisions done, the Florida Legislature prepares to make more sweeping changes to the state's public education system.
CHARM AND SUBSTANCE: Hernando superintendent Bryan Blavatt gets high marks for his leadership after a year on the job.
IDLE TIME: Talk of moving to four-day school weeks in Pasco and Hernando should be abandoned, the Times editorializes.
'SHIFTING THE PAIN': Palm Beach schools face a slightly better budget scenario than expected for next year, but only because employees are to pay pension costs once covered by districts, the Palm Beach Post reports.
WAITING FOR SUPERMAN? Whoever becomes superintendent in Broward and Palm Beach faces major challenges in restoring public trust, the Sun-Sentinel editorializes.
SELECTIVITY NEEDED? So many Florida college freshmen get a Bright Futures scholarship that many leaders are questioning whether the criteria are wrong, the Miami Herald reports.
PROVING ITSELF: Miami Southwest High aims to show it deserves its A rating as a school, the Miami Herald reports.
FOLLOW THE MONEY: Palm Beach schools aim to tighten rules that would prevent school bookkeepers from stealing, the Palm Beach Post reports.
IPADS ALL AROUND: An anonymous donor gives a Polk high school $1million to provide iPads to every student, the Lakeland Ledger reports.