Florida education news: High school graduation, volunteer teachers, Odyssey of the Mind and more
MONEY MAKER: People protesting pay cuts to Pinellas IB and AP teachers point out that the programs make more money than the cuts would save. (Times photo, Joseph Garnett)
SORRY, JENNIFER: The Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association endorses former principal Richard Bartels over two-term incumbent School Board member Jennifer Faliero.
AT LAST: After five failed attempts, Pasco Gulf High senior Marco Urrusquieta finally passes the FCAT in time to graduate.
ON TO THE WORLD: A team of home schooled students prepares for world competition of Odyssey of the Mind.
IRKED: A Polk School Board member gets upset at one of the district's superintendent candidates for failing to mention all his past efforts to get a job in Florida, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
THEY CAN READ: Miami-Dade fourth and eighth graders outperform their peers in a national reading exam, the Miami Herald reports.
PAY FOR IT: Students at Florida's smaller public universities suggest that fees to pay for athletics should be more fair across the system, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
SHOWING UP FOR GRADES: Collier leaders consider eliminating a policy that requires students to have good attendance to qualify for good grades, the Naples Daily News reports.
VOLUNTEER TEACHERS: Volunteers step in to take over art classes at a Lee school when the teacher left and the school couldn't afford a replacement, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
BIG GOAL: UF's Health Science Center aims to add 300 jobs and become a national powerhouse within five years, the Gainesville Sun reports.