Florida education news: College costs, school reforms, achievement gap and more
SEEKING NEW BLOOD: Major companies look for talent at USF as they look to a future filled with retiring employees. (Times photo, Skip O'Rourke)
TELL US MORE: Florida college and university leaders criticize as incomplete a new federal database that looks at the cost of higher education.
SHAKEUP: Pinellas superintendent Julie Janssen reorganizes the district communications office without alerting board members or advertising positions.
INTEGRITY INTACT: FSU's deal with the Koch foundation could have gone awry, but it didn't, a faculty review concludes.
TIME FOR LIMITS: Florida needs to rein in the competition among its universities, the Times editorializes.
WAIVER WAVER: The Florida Department of Education changes its position on allowing Duval one more year to try to improve its struggling schools, the Florida Times-Union reports. The DOE takes a similar stance on two Miami-Dade high schools threatened with closure, the Miami Herald reports.
BRIDGING THE GAP: A panel including Michelle Rhee and incoming commissioner Gerard Robinson talks about ways to improve Hispanic student achievement, the Sun-Sentinel reports. Said Robinson: "We don't have an achievement gap problem, we have a political crap problem."
SAFE FOR NOW: Experts say Miami Dade College faces little real threat of losing its accreditation, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Pasco schools principal Kara Smucker, who has been selected to turn around an F-rated elementary school.