Florida education news: Free books, sticker shock, school prayer and more
GETTING READY: Nearly 50 incoming kindergarteners attend a weeklong camp at Seven Oaks Elementary to get a taste of what school will be like when it starts. (Times photo, Keri Wiginton)
STILL SEARCHING: Hernando reopens its search for a West Hernando Middle principal after reviewing the list of candidates.
TOO POPULAR: Hillsborough's Imagination Library can't keep up with demand for free books for preschoolers.
IT COSTS HOW MUCH? Florida college and university students are facing sticker shock as they get this fall's bills with the new tuition and fees, the Bradenton Herald reports.
DON'T FORGET FIU: Everyone has focused on UCF's free tuition for its new med school, but Florida International launched its new College of Medicine this week, too, the Miami Herald reports.
CRITICAL NEEDS: Clay joins the growing list of districts increasing their local property tax to make up for money the state isn't providing, the Florida Times-Union reports.
THEY NEED HELP: Palm Beach officials take a hard look at the district's failings as they seek a grant to help improve the district schools, the Palm Beach Post reports.
NOW OFFERING BA DEGREES: Polk State College gets its final approval to provide four-year degrees, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
ORDER UNSEALED: A federal judge reveals the reasons why two Santa Rosa educators face contempt charges over school prayer, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
TURNING IT AROUND: Escambia's struggling Warrington Middle School prepares for the new academic year with a new staff and a heightened challenge to succeed, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
NO SMOKING: UF plans to have its entire campus be smoke-free by next year, the Gainesville Sun reports.