Florida education news: Free lunch, bullying, soda ban and more
GROWING NEED: The number of children qualifying for free and reduced-price meals grows in Tampa Bay schools. (Times photo, Douglas R. Clifford)
GOING HIGH TECH: USF considers building a state-of-the-art medical training complex in the Heights area of Tampa.
STOP THE BULLIES: Pinellas offers classes for parents of children who are bullied, as the district faces two lawsuits over bullying in school.
BONUS TIME: Pasco offers one-time bonuses to all administrators and nonunion employees.
WATER ONLY? The newest member of the Florida Board of Education proposes banning all sugary drinks in public schools, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
CURRICULUM QUESTIONED: Palm Beach parents plan another protest of the district's new curriculum program, and the superintendent says their plans make no sense, the Sun-Sentinel reports. The district will survey principals to see whether they're implementing the system, the Palm Beach Post reports.
BLOCKED E-MAILS: The Broward administration labels mass e-mails from teachers as spam and blocks them from getting to their destination, the Miami Herald reports.
CAN'T GET ENOUGH: An Indian River teen breaks into school — to surf for porn, the Vero Beach Press-Journal reports.
ACHIEVEMENT GAP: Alachua's black civic leaders confront the growing gap between black students and white students in their community, the Gainesville Sun reports.
TURNOVER: UF offers buyouts to more than 400 faculty members as it seeks to hire 100 new ones, the Gainesville Sun reports.