Florida education news: High school musicals, passing test scores, campus hot lists and more
HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: As Pasco high schools prepare their musical theater productions, at one school some adults play roles that students aren't offered. (Times photo, Stephen Coddington)
TOO HARD? Hillsborough high school students can pass their midterms with less than half the answers correct, a practice district testing officials defend.
SELLING THE PENNY: Pasco community leaders prepare their campaign to renew the county's one percent sales tax for school construction needs, columnist C.T. Bowen writes.
TOO SIMPLE: The Florida Department of Education's new school district ranking system misses the boat, the Miami Herald editorializes, endorsing the Times version instead. • Orlando Sentinel columnist Beth Kassab disagrees, saying a "by the numbers" ranking is "the way it should be." • Officials from high-ranking St. Johns County also question the methodology, the St. Augustine Record reports.
iSCHOOLS: A growing number of Manatee schools incorporate iPads into their instruction, the Bradenton Herald reports.
HOT LISTS: Kids at most Collier middle and high schools use Facebook to keep lists of who's "hot" on campus, the Naples Daily News reports.
SOME SAFE HAVEN: The FAMU group now accused of hazing originally came together to shelter students from hazing, the Florida Times-Union reports.
NO MORE FREE RIDES: Palm Beach officials ponder eliminating bus rides for after-school activities, the Palm Beach Post reports.
NOT ENOUGH: Even with voter approval to shift capital tax revenue into general operations, the Monroe school district won't have enough to make ends meet, the Keynoter reports.