Florida education news: Charter schools, logo t-shirts, outsourcing instruction and more
CONFLICT? Critics question Rep. Erik Fresen's role in writing Florida charter school law because of his family's involvement in charter schools.
REBRANDING: Hernando leaders seek to change the image of the district's school for at-risk students by renaming it.
SCHOOL SPIRIT: Outside vendors take advantage of the demand for local high school t-shirts and other paraphernalia.
TOP OF THE CLASS: Tony and Lauren Dungy share their new book with Pasco students • Fox Chapel Middle School gets a space shuttle tile • At Challenger K-8, games and displays stress Earth Day's importance
OUTSOURCING INSTRUCTION: Universities in Missouri and Florida let the Poynter Institute teach Journalism 101, prompting a campus debate on contracting out for instructors, Inside Higher Education reports.
SUMMER GRADUATION: Palm Beach high schools look for a new summer commencement venue to save money, the Palm Beach Post reports.
DISCRIMINATION? The federal Office of Civil Rights reopens an investigation into the admissions policies of two Hollywood Montessori schools, the Sun-Sentinel reports. • Eight employees file age discrimination complaints against a tony Broward private school, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH: The Broward School Board will go national to look for a new leader, the Miami Herald reports. Retiring superintendent Jim Notter will get a check for more than $241,000 in unused sick and vacation time when he leaves, the Herald reports.
PRESEASON PHYSICALS: A court ruling has Collier high schools shrinking away from offering free physicals for student-athletes, the Naples Daily News reports.