Florida education news: bid rigging, help for Haiti, school budgets and more
DEDICATION: The Pinellas teachers union honors its longtime leader, the late Jade Moore, by dedicating its headquarters to him.
TAKE HALF: St. Petersburg College gives retiring president Carl Kuttler half the pay package he had sought. The deal is a step in the right direction for the school, which still must choose a new leader, the Times editorializes.
JUDGMENT CALLS: Detailed reports show that a Hernando Nature Coast Technical High teacher made poor decisions in his dealings with a female student, but he didn't have an inappropriate relationship with her.
COUNT EVERYONE: Volusia schools plan to ramp up efforts to get all students to graduate, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
EXTERNAL INVESTIGATION: Broward school district leaders ask the FDLE to take over a review of the district transportation department's operations, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
COME TOGETHER: Alachua officials consider merging two nearby elementary schools to save money, the Gainesville Sun reports.
GRAB YOUR HELMET AND STICK: Manatee Johnson Middle School becomes one of a handful of middle schools to offer lacrosse as a team sport, the Bradenton Herald reports.
WHEN DOES IT END? Lee school district officials worry about another budget cut and how to make it work, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. • A group of Duval high school seniors joins the Save Duval Schools movement to urge lawmakers to provide more funding for education, the Florida Times-Union reports.
SCHOOL CLOSINGS: Indian River prepares to close a magnet school that has seen its enrollment shrink, the Vero Beach Press-Journal reports.
THEN THERE WERE FIVE: Florida Atlantic University narrows its field of presidential candidates, the Palm Beach Post reports.
STRONG SHOWING: A local analysis shows Brevard's low-income schools outperform their peer schools across Florida, Florida Today reports.