Florida education news: Courtesy busing, furlough days, writing tests and more
DEAL WITH IT: Hernando students, parents and officials begin to cope with the realities that come with the end of courtesy school busing. (Times photo, Will Vragovic)
WHERE TO GO? Hillsborough families seek alternatives for their canceled after-school programs.
FEWER FURLOUGH DAYS: Pasco leaders cut the number of furlough days needed to balance the budget.
EXTRA HELP: A faith-based youth ranch in Pasco takes advantage of McKay scholarships to educate children with autism and other disabilities.
MISLED: Some Polk pre-k providers complain that the state's system to rate programs falls far short, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
'WRITING FOR LIFE': Collier schools change the way they teach writing to not focus solely on the FCAT, the Naples Daily News reports.
JUST GET ALONG: Florida's universities get new rules for opening programs in their competitors' backyards, the AP reports.
FULL AGAIN: The Broward School Board gets two new members, the Miami Herald reports.
LABOR NEWS: Palm Beach school employees face increasing insurance premiums, the Palm Beach Post reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Pinellas School Board member Robin Wikle.