Florida education news: hand sanitizer, dropout prevention, empty classrooms and more
BUDGET TIME: The Pasco School Board prepares to adopt a budget that raises the tax rate but has less money than a year ago.
FIGHTING THE FLU: As schools battle swine flu, some in Florida and elsewhere still have concerns over the high alcohol content of hand sanitizer, the Chicago Tribune reports.
IN THE HUNT: Broward is again among the finalists for the Broad Prize, the Miami Herald reports.
SECOND CHANCES: Polk opens Drop Back In Academies to help teens complete high school, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
ON THE RIGHT TRACK: A Naples high school that moved its state grade from F to C — the only failing Florida high school to gain two spots — continues its improvement efforts, the Naples Daily News reports. • Principals at two F-rated Alachua schools adopt a "no excuses" motto, the Gainesville Sun reports.
OPEN SPACE: Six of 10 classrooms at Edison College sit vacant at any given time, yet the school is still building new facilities, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
NEVER LEAVE: UF and FSU move ahead with plans for alumni columbariums, the Palm Beach Post reports.
COPY THE MODEL: A Brevard charter school joins forces with a national charter firm to create a model school plan, Florida Today reports.
BACKING OFF: Daytona State College moves away from expanding its nursing degree program after learning its effort might get in Bethune-Cookman's way, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
FIRING OFFENSE: Citrus prepares to fire an NJROTC instructor who told female students that tops were optional while swimming, allowing them to take a dip wearing their bras and shorts, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.