Florida education news: Crossing guards, free trips, lottery tickets and more
SO LONG: Longleaf Elementary bids farewell to favorite crossing guard Gloria Smith. (Times photo, Stephen Coddington)
UNDER FIRE: The incoming chairman of Florida's Board of Governors criticizes the way Judy Genshaft removed the USF Polytechnic chancellor.
UNDER INVESTIGATION: The New York attorney general launches an inquiry into free trips the Pearson Foundation provided to top U.S. education officials, possibly including Florida's former commissioner, the NY Times reports.
BIG GAMBLE: Florida makes it more likely that kids will fail yet looks to lottery tickets to cover the cost, the Herald-Tribune editorializes.
LESS MONEY: Marion County looks to four-day weeks as it cuts its budget during 2011, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.