Florida education news: Campus critters, summer school, teacher layoffs and more
UNWELCOME VISITORS: Several Pasco County schools firm up fence lines and hire exterminators to get rid of coyotes and pigs on campus. • Bears frequent a Bay County elementary school, the Panama City News Herald reports. (Times photo, Edward Linsmier)
SUMMER SCIENCE: Hernando schools plan to offer summer science camps at the county environmental center for the first time.
ABBREVIATED BREAK: Lee schools plan a 58-day summer vacation to get more instruction in before the FCAT, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
ANOTHER SCANDAL? Monroe's superintendent says there's misappropriation of funds taking place in the district's food services department, the Keynoter reports.
CIVIL RIGHTS LAWSUIT: The University of Central Florida defends itself against a lawsuit by a professor who claims she was improperly dismissed over her unwillingness to use a specific textbook, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
HANDS OFF: A Polk teacher is arrested on accusations that he inappropriately touched two female students, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
TERMINATION TERMINATED: The Brevard School Board backs off its plan to close a financially troubled charter school, Florida Today reports.
CUTS COMING: Okaloosa officials plan to cut several classes and lay off teachers to balance specific school budgets over the winter break, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.