Florida education news: Early retirement, school yearbooks, cell phones on campus and more
CHECK ONLINE FOR MORE: St. Petersburg High School joins the trend of providing added yearbook content online, available with the swipe of a digital code. (Times photo, James Borchuck)
RUSH TO RETIRE: Thousands of public employees including teachers enroll in Florida's Deferred Retirement program before the rules change in July.
BUDGET CUTS: Hernando School Board officials consider eliminating some paid holidays and charging student activity fees to offset an $11 million budget shortfall. • Palm Beach proposes layoffs and furloughs to balance the budget, the Palm Beach Post reports. • Polk's charter schools also prepare for cuts in state revenue, the Lakeland Ledger reports. • Alachua schools need about $131 million in repairs, but money is scarce, the Gainesville Sun reports.
STEPPING OUT: Brooks-DeBartolo High principal Phildra Swagger resigns to start her own education consulting firm.
TOP OF THE CLASS: Junior Achievement computer game teaches real-life financial skills • Pine Grove Elementary students collect Bears for 'Bama • J.D. Floyd students build a home for gopher tortoises found on campus
SUPERINTENDENT NEWS: Kamela Patton is sworn as Collier's first female superintendent since 1926, the Naples Daily News reports. • Gulf superintendent Tim Wilder is offered the top job in Dothan, Ala., schools, the Dothan Herald-Citizen reports.
CLEARING THE AIR: Duval School Board members commit to a better working atmosphere after some highly charged recent meetings, the Florida Times-Union reports.
PAY ATTENTION: Broward school officials say parents on cell phones cause too many accidents at dropoff and pickup time, the Sun-Sentinel reports.