Florida education news: Economic integration, high school graduation, class size changes and more
COME TOGETHER: As Hernando's new School Board chairman, James Yant seeks to unify people to work in children's best interest. (Times photo, Will Vragovic)
FLAWED: Pinellas school district officials blame their decision-making process for the School Board's repeated reversals on programs and policies.
LESS DIVERSITY: Proposed new school boundaries for Pasco County would further segregate students based on economic status.
NO PRIORITY: The Pinellas School Board considers ending the promise that children attending Jamerson Elementary will have first dibs on getting into Thurgood Marshall Middle.
OOPS: State College of Florida must reimburse the feds $3.2 million because of financial aid errors, the Bradenton Herald reports.
NEW RULES: Florida high school students soon will need to meet tougher requirements to graduate, the Florida Times-Union reports.
TOP PRIORITY: Gov.-elect Rick Scott puts changing Florida schools at the top of his wish list, the Herald-Tribune reports. Naming Michelle Rhee to the transition team signals his interest, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
CALENDAR CONFUSION: The Collier School Board should fix all the problems that stir controversy when it sets its 2011-12 calendar, the Naples Daily News editorializes.
CLASS SIZE CHANGES: Newly elected state Sen. David Simmons plans to file legislation to address perceived implementation problems with Florida's class size law, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
SLEEVES REQUIRED: A Brevard high school considers a tougher dress code, Florida Today reports.
BRRR: Marion schools retain the deal that let the utility companies cut power during peak usage hours, even when students were shivering in school, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
FOR THE KIDS? An Alachua mom is arrested for taking PTO fundraiser money for personal use, the Gainesville Sun reports.