Florida education news: Fraternity hazing, language immersion, school travel and more
SUSPENDED: The University of South Florida suspends the Omega Psi Phi fraternity over hazing allegations.
FAMILY TIES: Pinellas teacher Jason Pafundi keeps his job despite reports of poor performance. A former superintendent says Pafundi stays because he has powerful allies on the inside.
RATIFIED: Hillsborough teachers overwhelmingly approve a new contract that includes big changes to the way they are evaluated and paid.
ILL ADVISED? At least one Polk school district official is unhappy with a charter school's plan for a pricey out-of-town staff retreat while the rest of the district skimps on travel, the Lakeland Ledger reports. (BTW, the school is operated by state lawmaker Seth McKeel.)
FULL IMMERSION: Miami-Dade grows its programs where students learn their entire curriculum in a foreign language, the Miami Herald reports.
BLOOD BATTLE: Two Orlando blood banks seek exclusive access to high schools in Orange County, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
STILL SHRINKING: Enrollment in Volusia schools drops for the fourth straight year, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
ALL THE RAGE: University of Florida students join the textbook renting craze, the Gainesville Sun reports.