Florida education news: Home schooling, robotic writing, toe squeezing and more
WEIRD PUNISHMENT: A King High assistant principal is told to stop squeezing the toes of students with lagging grades.
HOME AND SCHOOL: Students at NorthBay Christian Academy will take classes in classrooms three days a week, and study at home the other two days.
STAY PUT: Tampa area high schools look for ways to stop the rising tide of football player transfers.
JUST ADD MONEY: Florida lawmakers need to better fund the public school system, the Bradenton Herald editorializes.
NOT REALLY WORLD-CLASS: The FCAT is leading schools to create cookie-cutter curriculum, the opposite of a good education, the Fort Myers News-Press editorializes. • Palm Beach Post columnist Frank Cerabino complains that the test is creating a generation of robotic writers.
BILLING ERRORS: Auditors discover Broward overpaid $765,000 for hurricane repair work, the Miami Herald reports.
FIRED: Florida Gulf Coast University fires a forensics professor for stealing university money, the Naples Daily News reports.
PROGRAM CUTS: The University of Central Florida eliminates four academic programs to save $4 million, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
READY TO ROLL: UCF prepares to debut its new medical school, the Gainesville Sun reports.