Florida education news: Homeless students, teacher transfers, small schools and more
growing number of Pasco County homeless students. The district has seen a doubling in the number of homeless from a year ago. See also this slide show about Emory. (Times photo, Keri Wiginton)
COMBAT PAY: Hillsborough's incentive pay program for teachers who come to low-income schools lures an increasing amount of applicants.
FIGHTING THE FLU: Hernando school nurses lead the charge against illness in the schools.
EVERYBODY SWITCH: The practice of transferring "better" teachers into low-performing schools has yet to prove it works in Florida or elsewhere, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
TO NAP? OR NOT TO NAP? That is the question facing Manatee kindergarten teachers as the district debates whether 5-year-olds need rest or more time learning, the Bradenton Herald reports.
NO SURPRISE: Broward school district watchers say it was just a matter of time before someone got snagged in a construction-related scandal, given the way the district's system worked, the Miami Herald reports.
OVERLOADED: FAU's academic advisers have such a heavy caseload that some students' timely graduation is jeopardized, the Palm Beach Post reports.
POWER TO THE PEOPLE: Palm Beach parents and teachers protest planned curriculum changes, but some remain silent, the Palm Beach Post reports.
WHAT ABOUT SMALL SCHOOLS? Orange school officials investigate whether schools with low enrollment are too expensive to operate, the Orlando Sentinel reports.