Florida education news: Electric cars, gambling funds, facial hair and more
GOING GREEN: Students in Hernando Nature Coast Technical High automotive and electronics courses convert a Celica from gas to electric. (Times photo, Will Vragovic)
CHARTER DENIALS: Pasco officials recommend rejection of five charter school applications, including one from prominent lawmakers.
INVESTIGATION REQUEST: Sen. JD Alexander, who proposed independence for USF Polytechnic, is accusing USF leaders of misleading the Board of Governors about the proposal. More from the Lakeland Ledger.
WIN-WIN-WIN: USF partners with three area community colleges to provide a continuum of service.
EXPANDED OPTIONS: A group of Florida higher education leaders talk about ways to allow students to use Bright Futures scholarships for graduate school, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
SPENDING WOES: An audit reveals questionable spending by Broward Teachers Union president Pat Santeramo, who now faces two investigations, the Miami Herald reports.
GAMING FOR EDUCATION: State Sen. Stephen Wise seeks to steer a percentage of any new gambling revenue into public schools, the Florida Times-Union reports.
BIG HOLE: Palm Beach officials predict a $52 million deficit next year will lead to cuts that affect students and programs, the Palm Beach Post reports.
MUSTACHES ALLOWED: Okaloosa officials remove their ban on facial hair from the district's code of student conduct, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
IF WE MUST: A Monroe school board advisory panel agrees to follow the state Sunshine law after a year of debate, the Keynoter reports.
FIGHTING MAD: An Orlando area mom allegedly upset that her daughter was being bullied at school is arrested after storming the school to confront the bully, the Orlando Sentinel reports.