Florida education news: Graduation rates, superintendent spending, student transfers and more
CAN I BORROW YOUR CAR? USF students without their own wheels won't have to rely on begging anymore, as the university launches a car sharing program for the fall. (Times photo, Atoyia Deans)
FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION: Florida's poor high school graduation rate puts it in a crisis category that demands national attention, a new report suggests.
THEY'RE OUTTA HERE: A popular after-school program abandons negotiations to remain at San Antonio Elementary after learning that its effort to stay would likely be short-lived.
THIS PLAN STINKS: The St. Petersburg NAACP slams an agreement aimed at boosting the academic performance of black students in Pinellas.
WHERE DID THAT KID COME FROM? Tampa area high schools take a closer look at the prevalence of transferring football players and whether there's any recruiting going on.
NOT A BIG SURPRISE: Maybe Florida schools have resorted to teaching templates for the FCAT Writing test because the state places too much emphasis on the exam, the Times editorializes.
RECONSIDERING: The Florida Department of Education eases up on pressure to close a Miami-Dade school for ill students, saying it will revise the way it evaluates such schools' performance, the Miami Herald reports.
BONUSES CREATE IRE: Putnam residents are upset about bonuses paid to some top district officials amid layoffs and potential tax rate increases, the Florida Times-Union reports.
COLLEGIATE HIGH SCHOOL: State College of Florida Sarasota-Manatee considers opening a school for middle and high schoolers, the Bradenton Herald reports.
SHUT IT DOWN: Broward revokes the contract of a repeatedly failing charter school, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
LABOR NEWS: Collier struggles with financial issues as its contract negotiations falter, the Naples Daily News reports. • Palm Beach considers big changes to its teacher pay structure, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
MICROMANAGING? The Martin School Board moves to limit the amount its superintendent can spend without board approval, the Stuart News reports.