Florida education news: bullying in school, stolen scholarship funds, FCAT cheating and more
LIAR: Springstead High officials determine that the junior accused of bullying a Muslim student over the Pledge of Allegiance lied about her account of what happened.
GO DIRECTLY TO JAIL: A St. Petersburg educator is sentenced to 69 months for stealing more than $150,000 from two Florida scholarship programs.
MODEST GROWTH: Pasco schools see a slight increase in student attendance.
INTERIM LEADER: Hernando is expected to choose between former board member Jim Malcolm and former administrator Edd Poore to lead the district during a superintendent search.
LET IT BE: The Hernando board needs to back off an investigation into whether principals violated the district's grading policy, the Times editorializes.
ALL CLEAR: Polk officials don't find any evidence of template writing in student FCAT responses, contrary to FDOE suggestions otherwise, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
SEEKING CELL TOWERS: Manatee looks into leasing land for cell towers as a way to generate some extra cash, the Bradenton Herald reports.
HATED HIM: FAU professors pan outgoing president Frank Brogan's performance, the Palm Beach Post reports.
WITHDRAWN AGAIN: The Florida Board of Education again will delay consideration of rules on reasonable use of force by teachers, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
SPARSE CROWDS: Few turn out to Leon superintendent Jackie Pons' town hall meetings, which he takes as a sign that things are running well, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.