Florida education news: Bullying, book buying, student discipline and more
SUSPENDED: A Springstead High junior gets a 5-day suspension for bullying after confronting a Muslim student and yelling at her to take off her hijab and stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. (Times photo, Will Vragovic)
FIGHTING THE FLU: Pinellas schools put out lots of hand sanitizer and clean frequently in hopes of keeping swine flu at bay.
AT LAST: Hundreds of Pinellas adults complete their high school diplomas.
SUSPENDED, PART 2: A Gibbs High teacher is removed from school after her arrest on possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
A GOOD START: Gibbs' new principal Kevin Gordon is taking the right steps by getting tough on school discipline, the Times editorializes.
DYNAMIC, YET ROOTED: Families share the reasons why they stick by Florida's Catholic schools with the Florida Catholic.
GUILTY: A jury finds ousted Monroe superintendent Randy Acevedo guilty in his corruption trial, the Miami Herald reports. More charges are expected.
STAY IN YOUR CAR: Lee schools change their after school student pick-up rules, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
RECYCLE IT: Florida Atlantic shifts away from styrofoam containers at its cafeterias, hoping students will reuse plastic ones instead, the Palm Beach Post reports.
THEY CAN'T AFFORD IT: Private schools along Florida's Treasure Coast see their enrollments decline, the Stuart News reports.
BANNED: Four Manatee students who made a bomb and blew up a mailbox over the summer aren't allowed to attend their regular high school, the Herald-Tribune reports. The parents are, of course, upset. With the school, that is.
BUYING BOOKS: University students pay an average of about $500 per semester for their texts, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview about classroom computers with Hope Schooler, principal of Gulf Trace Elementary School in Pasco.