Florida education news: Campaign contributions, seventh graders, unfunded mandates and more
SUPPORT: Charter school management companies, for-profit colleges and online education firms pour money into Florida election campaigns, mostly to Republicans.
RIGOR: Pinellas schools aim to better identify and challenge top performing seventh graders.
FIX IT: Miami-Dade voters should back the school district's bond referendum to repair crumbling schools, the Miami Herald editorializes.
MINEFIELD: A panel of Florida superintendents considers some politically tough ideas to reduce costs and mandates, the Florida Times-Union reports.
UNPREPARED: Southwest Florida business leaders lack confidence in the skills of area graduates, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
FINALIST: The Palm Beach school district makes the final four up for the annual Broad Prize for Urban Education, the Palm Beach Post reports.
HACKED: More than 200,000 students whose personal information was compromised when hackers broke into Northwest Florida State College computer systems get advice on how to protect themselves, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.