Florida education news: Charter schools, community service, marching bands and more
CHARTER SCHOOL NEWS: A new charter school in Pinellas will fuse the arts and technology in its curriculum. • Two former Pasco educators propose a new charter school for Hernando. (Times photo, Jim Damaske)
TIGHT FINANCES: The City of Pembroke Pines faces a $2.1 million shortfall in its charter school system coffers, the Miami Herald reports.
WORRIED FOR THE KIDS: Manatee officials are concerned that the state's cancellation of the GED exit option will lead to more dropouts, the Bradenton Herald reports.
BEHIND SCHEDULE: Broward is two years behind in completing school safety inspections, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
CREDIT FOR POLITICS: Some Collier high schoolers want to receive community service hours for working on political campaigns, the Naples Daily News reports.
NOT OPENING: Forty Indian River families learn the Imagine charter school they had registered for won't be opening as planned, the Vero Beach Press Journal reports.
SETTING THE TONE: Never mind the heat. Brevard's high school marching bands are practicing through the summer, Florida Today reports.
MORE SCHOOLING: Marion officials detail the after-school and weekend programs they'll pay for with an increased local tax rate, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
WHERE TO LIVE? Many UF students' apartment leases end before the summer session does, leaving them homeless until the fall semester, the Gainesville Sun reports.