Florida education news: Drop out prevention, school fund raisers, block tuition and more
MANDATORY UNIFORMS: A proposal to require Pinellas students to wear school uniforms brings out supporters and detractors. (Times photo, Cherie Diez)
EARLY WARNINGS: Pasco's Ridgewood High School creates an alert system using student data to help identify and assist teens before they get too far off track.
IF IT'S NOT BROKE ... Students and parents in Palm Harbor University High's International Baccalaureate program question superintendent Julie Janssen's proposal to relocate the program to a different school.
PAY UP: Marion schools bill the Florida Department of Education $85,000 for extra work done over the summer because of late FCAT results, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
COLLEGE CREDIT: A growing number of Collier high school students take dual-enrollment courses, the Naples Daily News reports.
SO FAR, SO GOOD: Miami-Dade superintendent Alberto Carvalho has improved his school district's operations and image, but keeping it up will be tough work, the Miami Herald reports.
BUYING TIME: Manatee schools look to fund raisers to help pay for extras in the classroom, the Bradenton Herald reports.
FREE FOOD: Lee students do not take advantage of free breakfast provided by the schools, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
ON THE TRAIL: St. Johns superintendent Joe Joyner plans a series of public speeches about the need to ease Florida's class size limits, the St. Augustine Record reports.
ONE PRICE FITS ALL: University of Florida leaders say a block tuition schedule would help students graduate more quickly, the Gainesville Sun reports.