Florida education news: Cold weather, school choice, enrollment increases and more
BABY, IT'S COLD OUTSIDE: Pasco schools prepare for a possible power interruption. Marion schools also expect possible brownouts, the Ocala Star-Banner reports. Lee schools cancel all outdoor activities because of the cold, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. Bay schools will excuse cold-weather absences, the Panama City News Herald reports.
MORE CHOICES: The Manatee School Board tells 10 families they can attend their neighborhood school or attend the school they've been bused to farther away, the Bradenton Herald reports.
MISSING STUFF: An audit shows Broward schools are missing $732,000 of equipment and supplies, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
AID ERRORS: State College of Florida improperly gave federal financial aid to nearly 2,000 students as it struggled to keep up with record-high enrollment without adding staff, the Herald-Tribune reports.
FANCY TRIPS AND GIFTS: An indictment details some of the perks offered to some Polk school officials by construction contractors, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
MORE KIDS: Florida expects to see its largest student increase in six years amid decreasing revenue, the News Service of Florida reports