Florida education news: Classroom mentors, student uniforms, school taxes and more
HERE TO HELP: Hillsborough schools enter a new, Gates Foundation-funded era where mentors will spend time guiding new teachers to classroom success. (Times photo, Stephen J. Coddington)
SCHOOL LEADERS: About 20 Wesley Chapel High upperclassmen learn about leadership in preparation to advise freshmen throughout the school year.
YOU BETTER SHOW UP: Pinellas looks to stiffen its attendance rules.
NO NEW TAXES: The Hernando School Board approves a budget with no tax rate increase, and next will consider whether to ask voters for permission to impose a critical needs operating millage in the future.
NO PROBLEMS? Early results indicate that the FCAT anomalies that some superintendents complained about are not that far off historical ranges, the Florida Times-Union reports.
KEEP AN EYE OUT: The St. Lucie sheriff's office asks parents to help monitor school bus stops, the Port St. Lucie Tribune reports.
STAY OUT OF TROUBLE: Two Duval schools will start a program aimed at helping at-risk elementary school girls, the Florida Times-Union reports.
NO RAISES: Palm Beach avoids layoffs in its budget but can't find funds to give teachers more money, the Palm Beach Post reports.
FREE BREAKFAST: Volusia will offer free breakfast to all students at nine schools where more than 80 percent of children qualify as low-income, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
PLEA BARGAIN: Former Monroe administrator (and superintendent spouse) Monique Acevedo appears ready to plead out her fraud charges, the Keynoter reports.