Florida education news: Gifted education, over-age students, cell phones in school and more
WE ARE THE GREEN HORNETS: Hernando's new high school has a mascot. Now it needs a name.
LISTEN TO US: Gibbs High in Pinellas asks students how to make their school better, and they have no shortage of opinions, columnist Ernest Hooper writes.
GIFTED PROGRAM NEEDS HOME: Hernando officials are looking for the right spot to relocate the district's gifted academy.
REINSTATED: A Hernando teacher who was suspended for admitted drug use apologizes and gets his job back.
ACCOUNTABILITY REQUIRED: Pinellas schools need a more effective way to get rid of low-performing employees, the Times editorializes.
STRESSED OUT: Palm Beach PTA leaders tell the superintendent that his new academic program is wreaking havoc on their kids' classrooms, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
TOO OLD: Polk officials discuss what to do with over-age middle schoolers, the Winter Haven News Chief reports.
SHOW THEM THE MONEY: Broward often takes years to collect refund money owed to it by construction companies, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
COUNT THEM ALL: Broward officials reject a proposal to loosen the way it calculates class size, calling it dishonest, the Miami Herald reports.
SPEAK YOUR PIECE: Collier will let the public have its say about the punishment of students involved in a recent "Kick the Jew" episode, the Naples Daily News reports.
SHE'S WATCHING: Veteran Duval educator Leila Mousa monitors Intervene schools in northeast Florida for the Department of Education, the Florida Times Union reports.
BAY MAKES A DEAL: The Bay district reaches a compromise with its business community over the first day of classes for 2010-11, the Panama City News Herald reports.
A LITTLE HELP: Food pantries begin showing up on college campuses in central Florida to help hungry students, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
SMART MOVE: Escambia officials made the right call in confiscating cell phones if students use them during the school day, the Pensacola News-Journal editorializes.
YOU WANT WHAT? Palm Beach leaders balk at a proposal to require employees to keep DNA records on file to prove they were at work, the Palm Beach Post reports.