Florida education news: FCAT, school prayer, smoking ban and more
LIFE GOES ON: Pasco's Cotee River Elementary aims to make FCAT testing just another part of a regular school day. (Times photo, Brendan Fitterer)
CUTTING HEADS: The Pinellas school district considers eliminating several administrative positions.
HARRASSED? A Hernando teacher with disciplinary issues accuses the district of being out to get him.
R.I.P. Middleton High School coach William Smith collapses on campus and later dies.
THE REAL DEAL: Gov. Rick Scott finds a true public school teacher to support his budget efforts in a new GOP ad.
NOTHING TO HIDE: No part of the Pinellas School Board's superintendent search should be conducted in private, the Times editorializes.
NEW LEADER: The Seminole School Board picks a district insider to take over as superintendent, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
SECOND SUIT: Another former Edison State College official sues the school over alleged improper firing, the Naples Daily News reports.
LET US PRAY: Clay school district leaders continue to grapple with a fight over organized prayer on school grounds, the Florida Times-Union reports.
AFFLUENCE GAP: A new report shows that a student's socioeconomic status makes little difference on academic performance in Lee schools, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
A LITTLE HELP: The FDLE finds that Martin superintendent Nancy Kline probably got help to pass her superintendent certification exam, but that it's not illegal, the Stuart News reports.
NO SMOKING: The Palm Beach School Board bans smoking and tobacco use at district properties and school-sponsored events, the Palm Beach Post reports.
LET 'EM FLOOD: The City of Ocala votes to shut off stormwater drains on Marion school district property over a fee dispute, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
IS IT AN EPIDEMIC YET? Alachua schools see a growing number of chicken pox cases, the Gainesville Sun reports.