Florida education news: Fundamental schools, kindergarten readiness, template writing and more
GOOD LUCK WITH THAT: Applications are up 23 percent for an unchanged number of seats in Pinellas fundamental schools. (Times photo, Melissa Lyttle)
SAFE PASSAGE John Fugate, crossing guard at Blanton Elementary, is named Florida's Crossing Guard of the Year.
KEEP KIDS ENGAGED: Pinellas board candidate Terry Krassner presses for more career and technical programs.
JUST KEEP WAITING: The waiting list for financial assistance for child care services grows in Pasco and Hernando counties, columnist C.T. Bowen writes.
READY TO LEARN: Collier exceeds the state performance in kindergarten readiness, the Naples Daily News reports.
SAFE EATING: The USDA stiffens school lunch quality requirements, a move that Florida school districts welcome, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
WATCH YOUR WORDS: Manatee schools change their strategies on FCAT writing preparation to avoid anything that looks like template writing, the Herald-Tribune reports.
FILLING THE VOID: Community sports leagues take up the slack for canceled athletics in Volusia middle schools, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
LABOR NEWS: A magistrate offers a compromise on merit pay to break impasse in Santa Rosa teacher contract negotiations, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
BE WHO YOU ARE: The University of West Florida updates its nondiscrimination policy to include "gender identity," the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Hillsborough schools homeless liaison Myrna Hogue about preparations for Haitian earthquake refugees.