Florida education news: Homeschooling, health insurance, Race to the Top and more
HOMESCHOOLING RISES: Florida sees the numbers of students being home-schooled jump even as the state loses population, the Orlando Sentinel reports. (Image from homeschoolingexplained.com)
INSURANCE REQUIREMENT: The University of Central Florida joins UF in supporting a mandate that all students have health insurance, Central Florida Future reports.
STILL QUESTIONS: Florida teachers and education policy makers still have hesitations about the state's Race to the Top effort, the Florida Times-Union reports. • The state should ease some of its proposals that are more restrictive than the federal requirements to win the support of more districts, the Fort Myers News-Press editorializes.
FOR THE ANIMALS: FAMU and Gadsden County join forces to overhaul the county's animal control department, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
RECOVERING: A Brevard middle school overcomes $30,000 in vandalism, Florida Today reports.
AVOIDING CROWDING: Citrus prepares to rezone three schools as they near their capacity, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.
LEADERSHIP CHANGES: Monroe's new superintendent continues to revamp the district's administration in the aftermath of the previous superintendent's mismanagement, which landed ended with a felony conviction and his suspension from office, the Keynoter reports.
TOO COLD: Charlotte cancels classes for Monday after FPL calls for an "energy load control event" amid a week of freezing temperatures, the Charlotte Sun reports.