Florida education news: Class valedictorians, a letter to Rick Scott, hiring a superintendent and more
GIRLS RULE: Girls are the majority of valedictorians for Tampa area high schools, highlighting a growing push for single-gender education. (Times photo, Edmund Fountain)
PLEASE HELP: A Mitchell High School student urges Gov. Rick Scott to protect education funding from cuts. His answer doesn't impress.
TURNAROUND: Adarius Rayner overcomes hurdles to success and makes it to Largo High's graduation and a college scholarship.
IN PRAISE OF SMITH: Eric J. Smith gets kudos from many as he departs Florida's education commissioner position, the News Service of Florida reports.
A LITTLE HELP: The Palm Beach School Board hires a consultant to help it determine what kind of superintendent it will hire next, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
PRIVATE LIVES: Some Broward teachers talk about how they deal with seeing their students over the summer with the Miami Herald.
LABOR NEWS: Lee school support personnel reach a contract deal, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. • The University of Florida proposes giving employees a 3 percent raise if they'll contribute the same amount to their pensions, the Gainesville Sun reports.
BUDGET CUTS: Okaloosa's superintendent recommends scaling back school resource officers, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
TOP GRADS: Volusia considers eliminating the valedictorian and salutatorian recognitions, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
LOOKING BACK: Outgoing Monroe superintendent Joseph Burke reflects on his term spent cleaning up the district's messes, the Keynoter reports.