Florida education news: FCAT, charter schools, walking to school and more
BIG WINNER: Palm Harbor eighth-grader Aadith Moorthy wins the National Geographic Bee.
MIXED BAG: Third-grade FCAT results in Tampa area school districts show slight improvement.
MAKING MEMORIES: Land O'Lakes High School seniors spend one last afternoon at school together having fun at field day.
SEMPER FI: Military academies attract a growing number of top Hillsborough high school graduates.
HIGH HOPES: Leaders of Brooks-DeBartolo charter school try to convince the Hillsborough School Board that their school will make improvements and doesn't deserve to be closed. • Volusia revokes a local charter school's contract amid the school's leadership problems, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
SUBSIDY CUT: The Pasco Hernando Early Learning Coalition considers reducing support for low-income children in after-school programs.
NOT FUNNY: A Freedom High senior and a friend are arrested on charges of vandalizing the school, which they called a senior prank, according to police. • St. Lucie schools add more law enforcement patrols to keep an eye out for vandals, the Port St. Lucie Tribune reports.
AGREED: Broward's teachers union joins the Race to the Top this time, the Miami Herald reports. • A majority of Florida teachers unions agree to participate in the plan after adjustments were made, the AP reports.
SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH: Charlotte's teachers union endorses one of the two finalists for the district's vacant superintendent's job, the Herald-Tribune reports.
TAX BREAK: Gov. Crist signs into law another year of the school supplies tax holiday, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
TAKE A HIKE: A Sarasota elementary school sets up a walking school bus program to help kids stay healthy, the Herald-Tribune reports.
SATISFIED: The Palm Beach School Board gives a "satisfactory" rating to embattled superintendent Art Johnson, the Palm Beach Post reports.
ROOFING ROW: Politics erupt on the Marion School Board over leaky roofs, the Ocala Star Banner reports.
NO MORE FREE RIDE: Many University of Florida students have to find extra money as the days of free schooling end with changes to the Bright Futures scholarship, the Gainesville Sun reports.