Florida education news: High school mascots, school taxes, student buses and more
LOWER TAXES, LESS MONEY: Hillsborough will have 5 percent less money this year than last, with the local tax rate dropping slightly.
WHAT'S IN A NAME? A high school mascot sets its tone. Since Hernando is having trouble coming up with one, columnist Greg Hamilton offers some suggestions.
SKIMMING FUNDS: A Hillsborough school bookkeeper is accused of stealing more than $500,000 from the Erwin Technical Center.
VIRTUAL CHOICES: Broward's new virtual school program draws hundreds of children, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
TAKE A HIKE: Some Brevard students take risky walks to school as bus service is denied, Florida Today reports.
ON THE RIGHT PATH: Florida's new high school grading system moves closer to holding schools accountable for providing students practical skills, but more improvements are needed, the Stuart News editorializes.
EAT YOUR VEGGIES, TOO: Lee schools get kids to eat healthier by substituting ingredients in several cafeteria offerings, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.