Florida education news: GED graduation, school vouchers, achievement gap and more
FINALLY! 72-year-old Jesten Culbreath of St. Petersburg graduates with his GED decades after dropping out of seventh grade. (Times photo, Lara Cerri)
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Hillsborough schools superintendent MaryEllen Elia gets national attention for her reform efforts and her leadership style.
WHAT TO CUT? Hernando school principals review all spending to see where they can scale back.
PERFORMANCE PAY PILOT: Three Palm Beach schools give merit pay a trial run, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
VOUCHERS FOR ALL? If education savings accounts come to Florida, a legal battle is the likely next step, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
STEADY IMPROVEMENT: The achievement gap narrows among racial groups in Lee schools, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
UNFAIR: Some Collier parents want to know why their kids would be zoned out of a school when those attending on choice would be allowed to stay, the Naples Daily News reports.
WARNINGS NEEDED: Sarasota and Manatee school principals get no notice if a substitute teacher they've called has past disciplinary problems, the Herald-Tribune reports.
FISHY HIRE? USF-Polytechnic responds to accusations of nepotism in the hiring of the CEO's son, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
A GOOD DEAL? Florida parents are looking into different college savings plans as the cost of the state's prepaid tuition program rises, the Gainesville Sun reports.