Florida education news: Busing, boundaries, bullies and more
FACING DOWN BULLIES: Hillsborough seeks ways to focus its anti-bullying effort. Some schools have begun creating programs to tackle the problem.
SEE YA: Pasco superintendent Heather Fiorentino faces mounting criticism for dismissing popular assistant superintendent Ray Gadd.
NOT INTERESTED: Another Northeast school district turns down Hernando superintendent Wayne Alexander for its top spot.
TUITION PUSH: All 11 Florida public universities are seeking a tuition increase up to 15 percent, some for a second straight year, the Miami Herald reports. A key panel of the Board of Governors recommends approving all the increases, the Florida Times Union reports.
RAISING TAXES: Broward is assessing whether to take advantage of the new law allowing school boards to increase their local tax rates to cover critical operating needs, the Miami Herald reports. • Charlotte expresses its support for a similar move there, the Charlotte Sun reports. • Polk is considering how the tax would help ease costs for employee benefits before deciding what to do, the Winter Haven News Chief reports. • St. Lucie gives an initial nod to imposing the tax, the Fort Pierce Tribune reports.
HANDS ON: Selected Manatee high schoolers learn about medical careers by doing them, and they love it, the Bradenton Herald reports.
WHAT'S IN A NAME? Palm Beach Community College will drop its current name without having picked a new one, the Palm Beach Post reports.
BUSING CUTS: St. Lucie considers $900,000 in student transportation reductions, the Fort Pierce Tribune reports.
DEBATING FCAT: The Sun-Sentinel talks to a range of people about their views on whether the preparing for and taking the FCAT really gets high school students ready for life after high school.
GOOD LUCK WITH THE PARENTS: Orange looks into rezoning all its school attendance boundaries, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
GIRLS' CLUB: UF's incoming freshman class is 60 percent females, the Gainesville Sun reports.
DULY NOTED: The Alachua board acknowledges, and rejects, the Legislature's request to reduce the pay of its superintendent, the Gainesville Sun reports.