Florida education news: bigotry, buses, budgets and more
GOING ONCE, GOING TWICE: Pinellas sells 126 old school buses at auction, netting $262,000. (Times photo, James Borchuck)
NEW HERNANDO LEADER: Hernando's board splits 3-2 in selecting Sonya Jackson as interim superintendent.
STEPS NEXT YEAR: Pinellas teachers reach a tentative contract deal that includes no raises for another year.
WALKING TO SCHOOL: Belcher Elementary in Largo launches a "walking school bus" effort to keep kids healthy while getting them to school safely.
MEET THE BAND: Want to know more about Pasco's high school marching bands? Check out this guide to the players, music and upcoming shows.
NEGRO NO MORE: Broward removes the term "negro" from a census questionnaire after parents complain, the Miami Herald reports.
SAFE FOR NOW: St. John's officials say the federal stimulus is protecting the district from major cuts, but when it goes away, all bets are off, the St. Augustine Record reports.
PAYING FOR SPORTS: School districts in many states, including Florida, slash athletic budgets as funding shrinks, USA Today reports.
NO MORE! Flooded with applications, Palm Beach stops taking paperwork for substitute teacher wannabes, the Palm Beach Post reports.
GAMBLING FOR SCHOOLS: Gov. Charlie Crist touts his new Seminole gambling pact as a way to put more money into public education, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
MORE STUDENTS, LESS PARKING: UCF, now Florida's largest public university, sees what it's like to have lots of people looking for a parking spot, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
NEVER TOO EARLY: A struggling Leon middle school aims to get its students thinking about college and beyond, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
STANDING AGAINST BIGOTRY: Muslim families thank Alachua officials for banning T-shirts reading "Islam is of the devil," the Gainesville Sun reports.