Florida education news: Florida Virtual School, sales taxes, dual language instruction and more
SETTING AN EXAMPLE: Wali Shabazz aims to teach Pinellas black boys how to stay out of trouble, finish school and make their way in the world. (Times photo, Dirk Shadd)
HAZY RESULTS: Florida Virtual School is growing, but exactly how well its students are doing remains unclear.
TOP TEACHERS: Hillsborough names its 2012 teacher of the year finalists.
DIPLOMATIC MISSION: Lee Elementary School students aim to participate in a national Model UN competition.
SCHOOL FUNDING: A Florida lawmaker proposes increasing sales taxes and lowering property taxes to pay for public education, Gannett TV reports. Read an interview with sponsor Rep. Fred Costello in the Daytona Beach News-Journal.
'ENGLISH IS NOT ENOUGH': Dual language instruction is on the rise in central Florida schools, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
IT CAN WAIT: Florida political leaders say major higher education reform might not come until 2013, the St. Augustine Record reports.
SEEKING TO LEAD: 24 candidates have applied to serve as new Palm Beach superintendent, the Palm Beach Post reports.
SUPPORT MATTERS: A Polk charter school activist gives advice on how to convert Lakeland High to charter status, the Ledger reports.
NO SMOKING: Florida's colleges and universities increasingly impose smoking and tobacco bans on campus, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
HE WON'T JUST GO AWAY: Collier remains embroiled in a wrongful termination lawsuit with former superintendent Dennis Thompson, the Naples Daily News reports.
ARRESTED: Seven Alachua students are arrested after beating down another in a school bus fight, the Gainesville Sun reports.