Florida education news: Culinary arts, Hispanic graduation rates, parent-teacher groups and more
STATE OF THE ART: Land O'Lakes High School students get a taste of working in a professional kitchen in the school's new Academy of Culinary Arts. (Times photo, Stephen Coddington)
NO SMOKING: Hernando school officials consider a complete tobacco ban at all district facilities.
READING TO THE RHYTHM: Some Brooksville children improve their reading skills through dance.
UNDUE PRESSURE: Florida's rural school districts struggle to meet the state's new graduation requirement of one online course, columnist Bill Maxwell writes.
DIVERSITY NEEDED: Gov. Rick Scott's appointments to the boards of two Tampa area colleges do not reflect the communities they serve, the Times editorializes.
EVALUATION WOES: Brevard school teachers push to have parts of their new evaluations placed in their contract to solidify their rights, Florida Today reports.
HISPANIC EDUCATION: Several education and political leaders unveil a plan to improve Hispanic graduation rates, the Miami Herald reports.
TIGHTEN UP: A committee recommends that Palm Beach principals should have more responsibility for their school-based financial accounts, the Palm Beach Post reports.
MONEY MATTERS: South Florida schools review finance rules for parent-teacher organizations after some accounting errors pop up, the Miami Herald reports.
BASIC NECESSITIES: Area charities partner with Alachua schools to bring the county's poorest students clothing and other needs, the Gainesville Sun reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Tori Selby, Hernando County's new student School Board representative.