Florida education news: Charter schools, school choice, Bright Futures and more
AMERICAN DREAM: Yohana Consuegra Reyes pursues her higher education at Pasco-Hernando Community College soon after landing in Florida from Cuba. (Times photo, Will Vragovic)
REMEMBER: Hundreds pack the funeral of Pinellas School Board member Lew Williams.
BIG BUSINESS: Florida charter schools have become a $400 million a year enterprise, the Miami Herald reports. Some states strictly monitor charters, but not Florida, the Herald reports. With Q&A on charter schools.
TOO MANY CHOICES? Brevard school leaders look into ways to keep students in their zoned schools, Florida Today reports.
SCORE SQUABBLE: Florida's superintendents and education commissioner are two points apart when it comes to FCAT cut scores, the St. Augustine Record reports.
PAY MYSELF: Embattled Edison State College president Ken Walker instructed his finance officer to reinstate Walker's voluntary pay cut if trustees moved to dismiss him, the Naples Daily News reports.
GRADE RECOVERY: A growing number of Duval students rely on grade recovery to make up bad marks, and some teachers question the program's value, the Florida Times-Union reports.
IMAGE CONTROL: Boyton Beach High seeks to improve upon its bad reputation that drives zoned students away, the Palm Beach Post reports.
BRIGHT FUTURES: UF, legislative leaders say the popular scholarship program is on its way out over time, the Gainesville Sun reports.