Florida education news: Disaster training, curriculum controversy, solar power and more
FIRST RESPONDERS: Teens at River Ridge High become part of Pasco County's disaster response team with training at school. (Times photo, Michele Miller)
DEGREE DONE: Megan England has finished her associate's degree at Pasco-Hernando Community College, but can't pick up her diploma until she graduates from Springstead High in the spring.
TOP OF THE CLASS: Boys from Eckerd Youth Challenge help bring family a happier holiday • Moton Elementary sees boom in gingerbread house construction • Mitchell art students emphasize unity with peace fence
WHOSE FAULT? Chief academic officer Jeffrey Hernandez has been demoted, but the Palm Beach Post editorializes that the storm surrounding the changes he implemented was in Palm Beach schools was not solely his doing. • Meanwhile, superintendent Art Johnson promotes his chief of staff to take Hernandez's place, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
LET THE SUN SHINE: Florida Gulf Coast University moves to solar power, the Naples Daily News reports.
DISBANDED: Brevard Community College dumps all its advisory committees, leaving a bad taste in the mouths of the volunteers who served, Florida Today reports.