Florida education news: Charter schools, online education, school vouchers and more
WE WANT CHARTERS? More groups than ever seek to open new charter schools in Pasco County. • Florida's new law favoring charter schools is not in most Floridians' best interest, the Times editorializes. (Times file photo)
LOSING THE FAITH: Pinellas school employees have little confidence in their superintendent or school board, according to a new climate study.
FIXING FAILING SCHOOLS: Indiana turns to Florida-based Charter Schools USA as a possible firm to manage failing schools in Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Star reports.
ONLINE ACCELERATION: Marion schools look to virtual courses to give high-achieving fourth and fifth graders extra enrichment, the Ocala Star Banner reports.
EXTRA COST: New opportunity scholarship rules could hit Palm Beach schools in the pocketbook as they must pay for transportation for students who request transfers, the Palm Beach Post reports.
NO MORE FREEBIES: Brevard Community College expects to lose funding for its free summer program for gifted students, Florida Today reports.
SURPRISE: Monroe officials tell the teachers union of plans to impose seven furlough days, the Keynoter reports.
NO SMOKING: Valencia College plans to ban smoking on all campuses in 2012, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with the Rev. Harold Brockus of Pinellas Park, a plaintiff in the lawsuit to block Amendment 7 from the 2012 ballot.