Florida education news: Financial emergency, college costs, middle school sports and more
ON THE RIGHT PATH: Jefferson County schools work their way out of a financial emergency by paring back spending and eliminating debt, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
WORTH IT: The Florida Resident Access Grant, which helps top students stay in-state and attending private colleges, is a value worth preserving, the Miami Herald editorializes.
MORE ON LOCAL TAXES: The Herald-Tribune continues its Q&A session with Sarasota superintendent Lori White about the district's request to extend a local property tax for schools.
LABOR NEWS: Three teachers vie to lead the United Teachers of Dade, the Miami Herald reports.
NO MORE MIDDLE MAN: Florida Gulf Coast University and Hodges University cut their ties with private lenders in the student loan process, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
SCHOLARSHIP CAP: A consortium of north Florida colleges considers capping the amount it gives each student in scholarships so more needy students can have access to the funds, the Florida Times-Union reports.
BOOK KEEPING: Lake schools plan to charge families the full cost for lost or damaged textbooks and other media, regardless of age or condition, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
HUGE RESPONSE: Interest is higher than expected as St. Johns offers middle school sports for the first time in a decade, the St. Augustine Record reports.