Florida education news: Hernando superintendent search, debate club, student fees and more
A YEAR OF UPS AND DOWNS: The Pasco school district launched an online school, created several career academies and made several other strides despite financial challenges during 2009. (Times file photo)
STANDING ON HIS RECORD: Aaron Mackey, one of seven Hernando superintendent candidates, says he's up to the task even though his most recent board did not renew his contract.
INVESTOR TO THE RESCUE: The Bradenton Preparatory Academy in Manatee has money troubles, but they're about to be solved, the Bradenton Herald reports.
THAT'S DEBATABLE: A Duval middle school begins a five-year pilot to see if students who participate in debate club get better academic results, the Florida Times-Union reports.
ABOUT THAT RACE TO THE TOP: Florida Education Association President Andy Ford and House Education Policy Council chairman Will Weatherford see the state's efforts to get in on the federal grant differently in duelling Orlando Sentinel columns.
JACKPOT: FAU's Judaica Sound Archive gets an 18-wheeler full of historic recordings, the Palm Beach Post reports.
PAY UP: UCF hikes its student fees to second highest in Florida, the Orlando Sentinel reports.