Florida education news: Free lunches, charter schools, remedial education and more
FREE LUNCH: Pasco's Gulfside Elementary hits the streets to deliver free lunchtime meals to children in poverty after few show up at school to take advantage of the offer. (Times photo, Brendan Fitterer)
NEW SCHOOLS: A record five new charter schools are slated to open in Pinellas County this fall.
ADMISSION OPEN: USF Polytechnic gets permission to enroll underclassmen for next year.
COLLEGE MENTALITY: St. Petersburg College offers a summer program to prepare incoming students for higher education.
NEW LEADERSHIP: F-rated Gulf Highlands Elementary in Pasco gets a new principal.
SPEAKING OUT: Former Palm Beach superintendent Art Johnson criticizes his ex-board for removing him, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
IMPROVING EDUCATION: Polk county commissioners seek to get in on the act of increasing county graduation rates, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
BUDGET STRUGGLES: Manatee officials face a $2.5 million workers' compensation insurance deficit as they try to balance their budget, the Bradenton Herald reports.
STICKING WITH IT: Miami-Dade will keep open two struggling high schools despite a continued lack of adequate improvement, the Miami Herald reports.
SCHOOL PRIDE: Florida universities seek to raise additional funds with vanity license plates, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
CULTURE CLASH: An ousted Brevard principal slams the superintendent's leadership style, Florida Today reports.
LEADING THE WAY: A national report highlights Volusia schools for enhancing student education, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
ZERO TOLERANCE: The Bay School Board seeks to add flexibility to its discipline for students caught in "zero tolerance" situations, the Panama City News Herald reports.