Florida education news: Class size, school busing, teacher bonuses and more
CLASS SIZE SCRAMBLE: Schools across the Tampa Bay region juggle students and teachers in an effort to meet the final stage of Florida's class size amendment. (Times photo, Edward Linsmier)
TEACHER JITTERS: Some Pinellas teachers say they're just as nervous as their students on the first day of classes each year.
SHARING RIDES: The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority joins with the school district to provide bus service to students from three schools.
BACK TO WORK? A Manatee teacher fired for incompetence might get her job back, with back pay, the Bradenton Herald reports.
GETTING BETTER ALL THE TIME: Once threatened with closure, Palm Beach Lake Worth High improves its student performance enough to get off the state intervention list, the Palm Beach Post reports. • Weatherbee Elementary in Fort Pierce earns an A grade from the state just four years after making an F, the Fort Pierce Tribune reports.
SAFE ENOUGH? Some Broward parents question whether the school district's bus fleet is maintained well enough, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
LABOR NEWS: Palm Beach teachers settle their contract with $500 one-time bonuses, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
MISSED IT: A Lee charter school won't open as planned because of property problems, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. • An Orange charter school also might not be ready to open for classes on Monday, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
FURRY ROOMMATES: Stetson University opens a pet-friendly student dorm, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Hernando schools superintendent Bryan Blavatt.