Florida education news: Book battles, high school grading, school prayer and more
GET OVER IT?A dispute at Pasco's Gulf High over an IB assignment that includes sexually explicit materials draws criticism and support for the girl that challenged the book.
SCHOOL ON ICE: A prep school in Lee mixes academics with hockey skills, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
FLAWS IN THE SYSTEM: Polk superintendent Gail McKinzie sees problems with Florida's new high school grading system, such as marking down schools where teens take longer than four years to finish, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
MORE COLLEGE AID: U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Fla., pushes hard in Congress for extra federally backed financial aid, the Bradenton Herald reports.
LABOR NEWS: Palm Beach bus drivers complain the district is violating their contract, the Palm Beach Post reports.
FRAUD? The FDLE is investigating purchasing and contracting practices in Martin's facilities department, the Stuart News reports.
THE COST OF SAFETY: The Flagler district sees the price tag for school resource officers rise, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
PRAYER BATTLE: Two Santa Rosa school officials continue to fight contempt of court charges over their decision to allow prayer at high school events, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
AROUND THE NATION: Texas examines its U.S. history curriculum, the Dallas Morning News reports. A California school district says concerns about scenes dealing with rape are not reason enough to keep a novel off its core reading list, the LA Times reports.