Florida education news: Blaine Amendment, voter registration, school drug busts and more
"AWESOMENESS": Pasco's Pine View Elementary School is wowed by a $25,000 makeover of its art classroom by HGTV designers Bob and Cortney Novogratz. (Times photo, Stephen Coddington)
STILL MISLEADING: Judge Terry Lewis didn't go far enough in his ruling on the ballot summary for Amendment 7, the Times editorializes. • One of the lead plaintiffs has mixed feelings on the ruling, the St. Augustine Record reports.
LESS P.E.? Florida lawmakers continue to debate whether to scale back the state's middle school physical education mandate, WTSP reports.
GOING DOWN: Against state trends, Volusia's high school graduation rate declines, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
NOT JUST FAMU: A Bethune-Cookman University student says he was injured in a hazing ritual, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
NORTH TO ALASKA: Former Lee superintendent Jim Browder is a finalist for a superintendent's job in Anchorage, the Naples Daily News reports.
VOTER PROMOTERS: The Florida Secretary of State announces a new program to allow teachers to register students to vote shortly after being sued for prosecuting a teacher who did just that, the Florida Times Union reports.
COME ON BY: The Clay School Board will allow a pastor who led unauthorized prayer on school campuses back at school so long as he keeps his prayer elsewhere, the Florida Times Union reports.
DRUG STING: Palm Beach school police arrest nine students as part of a long-term undercover drug dealing investigation, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
LABOR NEWS: Polk teachers and district officials agree to raises in the new year, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
SEEKING INTEGRITY: The University of Florida Faculty Senate discusses ways to curb student cheating, the Gainesville Sun reports.