Florida education news: GED exit option, longer school day, budget shortfalls and more
GARDENING TO GRADUATION: Students in Pasco Gulf High School's GED exit option program find gardening as the hook that keeps them coming back to classes. (Times photo, Brendan Fitterer)
ZONING CHANGES: The Pinellas School Board gives initial approval to new attendance boundaries that will affect hundreds of students.
SHUTTING DOWN: The private Wellington School in St. Petersburg will close because of funding woes.
MORE LEARNING: The Lee School Board changes its high school schedule to add 25 minutes of instruction, the Naples Daily News reports.
COUNTING ON GOD: Bay County schools superintendent Bill Husfelt "stands on faith" to make it through tough times, the Florida Baptist Witness reports. The Bay School Board held it first meeting since the one where a gunman took over, the Panama City News Herald reports.
LABOR NEWS: Manatee officials resolve concerns raised by district bus drivers, the Bradenton Herald reports. • Indian River employees protest changes to their health benefits, the Vero Beach Press-Journal reports.
LEAVE IT AT HOME: A Broward fourth grader faces expulsion for bringing an inactive grenade to school, the Miami Herald reports.
DIPPING INTO RESERVES: The Lee School Board prepares to use its reserves to offset budget shortfalls next year, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.