Florida education news: Graduation rates, school funding, Bright Futures and more
PROJECT GRADUATION: Pinellas school officials put together recommendations aimed at getting more high school students through to graduation. (Times photo, Cherie Diez)
AT ODDS: The Florida House and Senate don't agree on education funding, among other things, as they work on next year's budget. • The state's Voluntary Prekindergarten program is but one that would suffer cuts, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
TEN FINALISTS: Hillsborough Community College looks outside its own staff to pick 10 finalists for its presidency.
BUS DRIVER ATTACKED: A 17-year-old Pinellas school student is arrested after slamming a school bus driver's head into the steering wheel over a cell phone dispute.
BREAKING GROUND: St. Petersburg College is to begin construction next week on a new wildlife habitat and science pavilion.
TOP OF THE CLASS: Safety Harbor students learn how green living saves money
DO THE HOMEWORK: The Hernando school district should have done more to properly vet a Springstead High teacher and basketball coach who lied about his background, the Times editorializes.
A CIVICS LESSON: Florida lawmakers are right to require students to learn civics in school, the Times editorializes.
CLASS SIZES: In dealing with budgets, California has an option Florida doesn't to save money — it can increase class sizes without voter approval, NPR reports.
MERIT PAY: A proposal to overhaul teacher pay and evaluations moves to the Florida Senate floor, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
WHO DO YOU KNOW? The Broward school district revisits its nepotism rules after a review discloses a virtual family tree in its transportation division, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
'I WANT MY CAREER BACK': A former Broward teacher fights to return to school after drug charges against him are dismissed, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
SAVE OUR SCHOOLS: Okaloosa parents join a growing effort to pressure lawmakers for better education funding, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
SLOW GOING: Polk has just three applicants for superintendent, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
TWO VS. FIFTEEN: A charter school asks Bay officials for a 15-year contract, but is offered two years instead, the Panama City News Herald reports.
PAY UP: The Monroe School Board demands repayment from former district officials accused of improperly using district funds, the Keynoter reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Hillsborough schools superintendent MaryEllen Elia.