Florida education news: Background checks, school funding, STEM programs and more
WHAT'S THE MEANING? Every Hernando third grader gets a free dictionary thanks to local Rotary clubs. (Times photo, Will Vragovic)
BACKGROUND CHECKS: Pasco School Board members reconsider a policy that bars people with certain criminal convictions from working in the district.
MORE MONEY: Gov. Rick Scott prepares an education budget that would add $1 billion to the mix, the AP reports. • Alachua school officials prepare for continuing cuts until the budget is settled, the Gainesville Sun reports.
FOCUS ON SCIENCE: Okaloosa explores parental interest in starting a STEM middle school, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
LABOR NEWS: Broward Teachers Union president Pat Santeramo steps down amid investigations into his business practices, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
ONE ANGRY PARENT? An ousted Collier high school cheer coach blames an e-mail campaign by one mom for her downfall, the Naples Daily News reports.
BE HEALTHY: Lee schools consider starting up their own health clinics for employees, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
SHUT IT DOWN: Indian River's superintendent recommends closing an elementary school with dwindling enrollment, the Vero Beach Press-Journal reports.
SELLING ADS: Flagler district leaders ponder selling space on websites, athletic fields and other property to raise money for schooling, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.