Florida education news: Driver education, cell phone towers, empty school seats and more
LEARNING TO DRIVE: Financially squeezed, Florida school districts are cutting out driver education courses. There's been a 30 percent drop in enrollment over two years. (Times photo, Lara Cerri)
'STOP THE TOWER!' A small group of Pasco parents protest a cell phone tower that's rising at John Long Middle School in Wesley Chapel.
WHO WANTS TO BE SUPERINTENDENT? Twenty-seven candidates, including the current interim leader, apply to run Hernando schools.
TOO MANY EMPTY SEATS: Broward schools have 32,000 empty seats — most of them in parts of the county where kids aren't, the Miami Herald reports. • Some parents accuse one board member of a conflict of interest in considering a proposed boundary change, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
NOT TRUE! Duval's School Board chairman blasts Gov. Crist's claims that Florida education is well funded, WOKV.com reports.
GRADUATION HELP: Manatee converts two high schools to Title I status and pours money into new graduation coach positions at the campuses, the Bradenton Herald reports.
NEVER TOO LATE: Florida Gulf Coast University's alternative certification teacher program fills up with career changers, the Naples Daily News reports.
EASE UP: The Polk School Board tentatively agrees to scale back its academic goals for 10th-graders, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
LABOR NEWS: Monroe teachers lower their pay demands, but not low enough to agree to the district's contract offer, the Keynoter reports.
NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT: The president of one Florida private university makes the national millionaires' club list, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
LOOPING: A Sarasota elementary school hopes that keeping the same teacher with the same students for more than one year increases academic performance, the Herald-Tribune reports.
BACK TO WORK: His monthlong retirement over (and his $115,000 in unused sick leave now in his pocket), St. Lucie superintendent Mike Lannon returns to his office, the Port St. Lucie Tribune reports.