Florida education news: Gerbils, lockers, Arabic and more
leaving gerbils unattended in her classroom over the summer. (Photo from freepetbook.com)
IMAGINE THAT. AN F: Imagine School of St. Petersburg faces the loss of its charter contract if it registers another failing grade with the state.
GIVE PEACE A CHANCE: Several Pinellas schools will celebrate International Day of Peace on Monday.
DIGGING HISTORY: A USF anthropology class uncovers the past in an old Tampa graveyard.
COMBINATION? WHAT'S THAT? South Florida high schools move away from offering students lockers, the Miami Herald reports.
MOVE ON: Students and faculty at Pace High in Santa Rosa want to get on with regular life now that their principal and athletic director done with all their court cases over school prayer, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
FOR THE BIRDS: Florida Gulf Coast University pairs with the Collier Audubon Society to teach area fourth graders about the birds, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
IT'S ALL ARABIC TO ME: Some Duval elementary students participate in the district's new Arabic language program, the Florida Times Union reports.
SHOW THEM THE MONEY: Florida school districts are exploring new sources of revenue, including advertising, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
USE THE RESERVE: Marion plans to tap into its rainy day funds to keep its after-school programs running, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
IT'S UGLY: Parents at a Polk elementary school question the appearance of a new cell tower on campus, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
SIDELINED: High school sports events in Leon are being canceled as athletes call in sick with the flu, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Mari Mercado, who talks about her fight to have classroom materials that don't include sexual content