Florida education news: Green schools, principal investigations, vouchers and more
GREEN PARTNERSHIP: The Tampa Bay Rays join the U.S. Green Building Council and the Pasco Education Foundation to launch one of the nation's first efforts to transform an existing school — Marlowe Elementary — into a LEED certified building. (Times photo, Brendan Fitterer)
BIG MONEY: Hernando schools spend close to $2 million extra to meet state class size requirements.
MAJOR CHANGES: Pinellas superintendent Julie Janssen offers a long list of ideas to revamp schools for improved performance. One possibility: To create a fundamental school within a school at struggling Boca Ciega High.
HE'S LISTENING: New St. Pete College president Bill Law seeks out advice and input from students, employees and others.
KIDS VOTE: More than 100 Pasco high school students attend a candidate forum seeking to hear and be heard.
CLIMATE SURVEY: Pasco district leaders investigate complaints about Lacoochee Elementary principal Karen Marler.
NOT INTERESTED: New polling shows Florida voters do not support Amendment 8 to relax class size rules, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATION: Palm Beach has temporarily removed a school principal amid an investigation, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
A LITTLE HELP: The Collier School Board hires a consultant to help write its strategic plan, the Naples Daily News reports.
IN CHARGE: Lee swears in a new interim superintendent, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
VOUCHERS GROW: The popularity of Florida's school voucher system increases, the Palm Beach Post reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview about Amendment 8 with Leon High School principal Rocky Hanna, who switched from supporting to opposing the measure.