Florida education news: Charter schools, environmental education, community service and more
BEATING THE ODDS: Melissa Thomas of St. Petersburg proves that a young black woman can overcome life's challenges through education. (Times photo, Cherie Diez)
UF'S HEART AND SOUL: The University of Florida is wise to invest its stimulus funds in professors, the Times editorializes.
FINDING THE RIGHT LEVEL OF REGULATION: Lee adds some new rules governing its charter schools, the Naples Daily News reports.
UP AND DOWN: Escambia considers increasing its tax rate, which still might cost homeowners less as their assessments drop, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
LEARNING TOGETHER: Okaloosa lets its high schools share teachers and classes via the Internet, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
MAKING IT: UF's athletic program continues to roll in the dough, despite the general economic malaise, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
HANDS-ON LESSONS: Polk students get their first classes at the district's new environmental classroom, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
YOU MUST VOLUNTEER: A growing number of Florida high schools require students to perform community service, the Orlando Sentinel reports. (Isn't that a punishment for some criminals, too?)