Florida education news: Harry Potter, charter schools, zero tolerance and more
FEEL THE MAGIC: Bartow High School fields a quidditch team for students to further their Harry Potter experience. (Times photo, John Pendygraft)
NEW CHARTER SCHOOLS: A Hillsborough school district panel recommends approval of seven new charters.
RISING ABOVE: Despite its struggles, Pinellas Gibbs High School still has students who strive to be the best, columnist Ernest Hooper writes.
EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS: Pasco Gulf High School leads the county in graduation rate improvement.
CHARTER CONTROVERSY: The City of Homestead's decision to lease land for a new charter school stirs talk of lawsuits among others, the Miami Herald reports.
MORE THAN A LETTER: St. Johns County's only F-rated school provides services for students with special needs that a letter grade doesn't begin to describe, the Florida Times-Union reports.
ZERO TOLERANCE: Two Palm Beach students are arrested with guns in their backpacks, the Palm Beach Post reports. • Five Orlando students face charges over high school hazing, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
DRINKING DOWN: Many universities are implementing successful programs to reduce campus alcohol consumption, the Gainesville Sun reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with United School Employees of Pasco president Lynne Webb.