Florida education news: FCAT, bullying, charter schools and more
ONE LAST CHANCE TO BE A KID: Land O'Lakes High seniors shed their inhibitions to celebrate their coming graduation with bounce houses, hula hoops, pizza and ice cream. (Times photo, Kainaz Amaria)
NEEDS IMPROVEMENT: Hillsborough warns a charter school for homeless children that it faces closure if academic performance doesn't improve.
EVERYBODY PLAY NICE: The Hillsborough County Commission will launch an anti-bullying campaign aimed at school children.
DONE DEAL: Pinellas teachers agree to terms on working conditions by a narrower than usual margin.
THEIR ENEMY: Hillsborough parents upset with cell phone towers rising at their schools focus their anger on lawyer Stacy Frank.
NOT IN THE FACE: Franklin Middle eighth-graders who scored well on FCAT Writing get to throw pies in teachers' faces. (VIDEO)
JUST A BAND-AID: The federal stimulus package carries some big numbers, but it's hardly a cure for what ails Florida schools, Stuart News columnist Anthony Westbury writes.
TURF WAR? State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota plans to offer six new bachelor's degree programs, to the dismay of USF-Sarasota leaders, the Bradenton Herald reports.
PARENT INVOLVEMENT: Some Collier parents protest the district's selection of a new child-care provider without their input, the Naples Daily News reports.
WHAT HAPPENED TO SABRINA? Someone is killing a Duval elementary school's 4-H animals, the Florida Times-Union reports.
NO GO: Orange's committee that monitors desegregation efforts nixes another plan that would close six schools, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
HOPING FOR A SPOT: More than 200 Leon teachers who lost their jobs head to a job fair that offers about 100 spots, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
GROW, OR ELSE: FSU president T.K. Wetherell says the Panama City campus needs 2,000 more students to be self-sufficient, the Panama City News-Herald reports.