Florida education news: Gov. Rick Scott's commitment, charter school rejections, racy videos and more
PROVE IT: Florida education advocates want to see if Gov. Rick Scott will make good on his talk to prioritize public education. • Scott gets criticized for politicizing the state's education commissioner search, which is extended when not enough quality candidates apply. (Times photo, Dirk Shadd)
SCHOOL VISITS: New Pinellas superintendent Mike Grego plans to spend his first day on the job in schools.
EQUAL ACCESS: A Pasco Republican leader demands time to speak before Gulf High students after learning Democrats were afforded the opportunity.
CHARTER NEWS: The Marion School Board rejects the charter application of a group that had planned to hire K12 Inc., which is under investigation by the state, the Ocala Star-Banner reports. • A charter school applicant withdraws in St. Johns as the School Board prepares to reject it, saying groups out to make a dollar aren't welcome, the St. Augustine Record reports. • The Lee school district shuts down a charter school for underenrollment over students' objections, the Naples Daily News reports.
NEW LEADER: Duval offers former Florida education official Nikolai Vitti its superintendent job, the Florida Times-Union reports.
SURPRISE: Members of a Miami-Dade high school marching band unwittingly appear in a racy music video that district officials are investigating, the Miami Herald reports.
LABOR NEWS: Brevard teachers wear red to back a union raise proposal, Florida Today reports.
LOSE IT: The Polk School Board considers adopting a weight loss program for employees, the Ledger reports.
LIMITS: UCF president John Hitt says the school might have to limit enrollment if it gets more funding cuts, the Orlando Sentinel reports.