Florida education news: Courtesy bus rides, drug testing, algebra lessons and more
IT'S JUST NOT SAFE: The city of Oldsmar puts up $36,000 to pay for a courtesy school bus route to Oldsmar Elementary that the Pinellas school district can't afford. (Times photo, Jim Damaske)
NURSES NEEDED: There's a school nursing shortage nationally, and Florida has the biggest need, ABC Action News reports.
TAKE THIS CUP ... Manatee adopts a new policy requiring all new hires, including substitute teachers, to be drug tested, the Bradenton Herald reports.
SURRENDER: Palm Beach halts its controversial new testing program amid a flurry of parent complaints, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
MUSICAL CHAIRS: Collier schools might see major attendance zone shifts to cope with the class size amendment, the Naples Daily News reports.
MATH TEST: Lee schools are participating in a national pilot study on the best way to teach algebra, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
BACKLASH: St. Lucie residents have little problem with superintendent Mike Lannon retiring for a month and coming back to his job, but they do have complaints about him cashing out his sick leave during that month, the Port St. Lucie Tribune reports.
PARK IT FIRST: Brevard prepares a policy that would ban bus drivers from using their cell phones while their buses are running, Florida Today reports.
CLASS CHOICES: A Leon high school finds that offering a variety of electives keeps kids more interested in school, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
MIX THEM UP: An Alachua elementary school merges its first- and second-graders as its enrollment shrinks, the Gainesville Sun reports.