Florida education news: Financial aid, school security, IB reading and more
CHRISTMAS IN SEPTEMBER: An Osceola Middle School crossing guard gives bicycles to two students who recently had their bikes stolen. (Times photo, Dirk Shadd)
MORE FINANCIAL AID ON THE WAY? The US House approves expanding the Pell Grant program.
CHARGES FILED: A former Hillsborough school bookkeeper is charged with grand theft over accusations she stole more than $500,000 from a school.
PICK A NEW BOOK: A Pasco IB student offended by the sex depicted in a required reading is allowed to select an alternate novel.
HEIGHTENED SECURITY: Manatee increases police presence at its high school football games and other events, the Bradenton Herald reports. The move comes after shootings at two other games this season, the Herald-Tribune reports.
LABOR NEWS: More than 250 Clay teachers protest the district's proposed pay scale, the Florida Times-Union reports.
LOTS OF WEAPONS: Six Miami-Dade students are arrested for having weapons on campus, just days after a fatal stabbing at Coral Gables Senior High, the Miami Herald reports.
ON HOLD: Daytona State College agrees to scale back plans to offer a four-year nursing program at the request of nearby Bethune-Cookman University, which already has one, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
THEY FEEL SICK: UF faculty are unhappy with a proposal to end the practice of paying them for their unused sick time after they retire, the Gainesville Sun reports.