Florida education news: Courtesy bus rides, eighth-grade retention, dual enrollment and more
REAL WORLD IMPLICATIONS: Many Hernando parents search for ways to get their kids to school after the district cancels their buses.
JUST GO TO SCHOOL! The Pinellas Juvenile Welfare Board cancels anti-truancy programs for lack of funds and success.
SCIENCE LESSONS: Okaloosa schools streamline their science courses to focus on passing the new state end-of-course exams, the Destin Log reports.
NAME THE PRESIDENT: Almost half of Collier eighth graders face retention over their limited civics knowledge, the Naples Daily News reports.
FINISH FASTER: The University of Florida questions the value of dual enrollment programs, noting that students take longer than two years to complete their bachelor's degrees, the Gainesville Sun reports.
CHANGING TIMES: Florida public schools and students face a spate of new rules and policies for 2011-12, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
NOT JUST IN DC: The Manatee School Board considers raising taxes vs. cutting services in an effort to balance its budget, the Bradenton Herald reports.
GET YOUR SHOTS: Almost a quarter of Miami-Dade students enter school without recommended vaccinations, the Miami Herald reports.
WRONG GUY? Duval leaders wonder whether superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals is the person to lead the district into the future, the Florida Times-Union reports.