Florida education news: Career academies, practical jokes, student records and more
WHO SAYS CAREER ACADEMIES ARE NEW? The Veterinary Sciences Academy at Tarpon Springs High has been around since 1995, this year serving 220 students. (Times photo, Demorris Lee)
CONGRATS: Parrott Middle School ESE paraprofessional Yvette Hart is Hernando's school-related employee of the year.
FREE DEGREE: UF offers some Pinellas math and science teachers a free master's degree in exchange for making a five-year commitment to their schools.
A GRUELING BATTLE: The latest lawsuit against Florida's schooling system will take a long time to get through, and shouldn't be the only effort to improve the system, the Times editorializes.
HECK NO, WE WON'T GO: A St. Lucie charter school files suit against the school district to stay open, the Port St. Lucie Tribune reports.
DELAYED: The court case of ousted Broward board member Beverly Gallagher is postponed to give her time to cut a deal, the Miami Herald reports.
PRANKSTER IN CHIEF: The principal of Duval's Lee High loves a good practical joke as much as the next person, the Florida Times-Union reports.
ON THE MOVE: Some Merritt Island students are getting a real-life education as they walk to Tallahassee, 10 miles at a time, Florida Today reports.
EVEN TEACHERS MUST FOLLOW FERPA: Some Polk educators are in hot water for inappropriately accessing student records, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
LABOR NEWS: A Pinellas lawyer is telling Monroe teachers that their district doesn't respect their rights, the Keynoter reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with the plaintiffs and lawyers in the latest lawsuit over Florida's school adequacy.