Florida education news: College costs, Jeb Bush, teacher raises and more
$10,000 CHALLENGE: Gov. Rick Scott asks Florida colleges to create bachelor's programs that cost students $10,000 or less; St. Petersburg College is the first to agree. • The governor's move is little more than a cheap publicity stunt that won't help, the Times editorializes. • Edison State College looks for ways to trim costs for students, the Naples Daily News reports. (Times photo, Jim Damaske)
REGRETS: Facing impeachment as Zephyrhills mayor, Steve Van Gorden says he regrets having resigned as principal of Zephyrhills High School amid sexual harassment allegations by staff members.
'ROCK STAR': Former Florida governor Jeb Bush gains national attention — pro and con — as he promotes his education reform package around the country, Reuters reports.
GETTING TO KNOW YOU: The Manatee School Board attends a workshop to help members better communicate, the Bradenton Herald reports.
BATTLE: Hundreds of Brevard parents turn out to voice opposition and concerns to closing their neighborhood school, Florida Today reports.
LABOR NEWS: Palm Beach teachers reach a tentative contract deal that would give most a $1,500 raise, the Palm Beach Post reports.
DEMOTION: Marion's new superintendent sends his political rival to a high school job, where he will supervise students and handle work orders, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
LONG LIST: Interim Polk superintendent John Stewart faces a hefty to-do list in his short tenure, the Ledger reports.
HEALTHIER: Escambia students become accustomed to more nutritious cafeteria lunches, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.