Florida education news: Class size, truancy, reading tests and more
ALL ABOARD THE PARTY BUS: Teens from two Bay-area schools are hospitalized after getting drunk on a homecoming party bus.
BACK PAY BROUHA: Pasco superintendent Heather Fiorentino wants to keep the salary of teacher Jeff Bush, who was suspended without pay while awaiting a termination hearing. He kept his job, and now he wants his money.
BUMPY ROLLOUT: Florida school districts continue to struggle with FAIR testing, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
A NEW CHALLENGE: Collier high school principals see Florida's new school grading system as a challenge, one that lawmakers say they were looking for, the Naples Daily News reports. More from Florida Today.
CLASS SIZE CONCERNS: Treasure Coast school districts see class sizes rising as they shed teachers because of budget shortfalls, the Stuart News reports. • An Alachua charter school with tiny class sizes shows this matters, as it logs the county's best FCAT results, the Gainesville Sun reports.
PUT IT IN WRITING: Florida Gulf Coast University adopts a new policy prohibiting relationships between faculty and students, the Naples Daily News reports.
INTERVENTIONS: Duval makes more progress than expected in decreasing truancy with a new intervention policy, the Florida Times-Union reports.
SMALL, BUT CONFIDENT: Palm Bay's municipal charter high school opens with just 16 students — a far cry from the 100 it expected, but enough to keep running, Florida Today reports.
LABOR NEWS: Okaloosa moves ahead with its work privatization efforts, dividing the community, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports. • Seminole teachers get raises averaging 2 percent, the Orlando Sentinel reports.