Florida education news: Campus crime, city charter schools, health insurance costs and more
ON THE RISE: Hillsborough's enrollment is on track to increase for the first time in three years. • After a couple of years of steep declines, Florida's school enrollment shrinks by less than 1 percent this year, the AP reports.
THE PRICE OF INSURANCE: Pasco's cost for health benefits will rise 13 percent, taking a bite from the cash it has for bonuses. • Hernando's premiums will go up 14.5 percent — not as bad as the 21.5 percent it had been looking at.
TEACHING PHILANTHROPY: USF gets a grant to teach students how to give money away to local nonprofits.
HANDLE WITH CARE: Dean Donataccio teaches students at John Long Middle how to play stringed instruments properly.
GOING CHARTER? Boca Raton studies whether to take over the public schools in the city limits and turn them charter, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
LABOR NEWS: Collier teachers reach a tentative salary deal, the Naples Daily News reports. • Palm Beach teachers protest the district's new top-down approach to education, the Palm Beach Post reports. • Brevard employees protest increases in their insurance costs, Florida Today reports.
THEY LIKE HIM: The St. Lucie board agrees to superintendent Mike Lannon's plan to retire and be rehired, the Port St. Lucie Tribune reports.
NO EXPANSION: Indian River denies Imagine School at South Vero the right to add grade levels, the Vero Beach News-Press reports.
PUSHING FOR RIGOR: Polk creates a new department aimed at getting more kids into AP courses, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
PAY UP: Santa Rosa will pay the ACLU nearly $200,000 in legal fees over its recent school prayer lawsuit, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.