Florida education news: Hunger Games, school walkers, young principals and more
MATH WITH A TWIST: Students at Pasco's Paul R. Smith Middle School get excited about math challenges when they're wrapped up in a Hunger Games-themed contest. (Times photo, Douglas Clifford)
STILL OPEN: The Brookridge subdivision keeps its gates open to Hernando school walkers while parents challenge its proposed closure.
YOUTHFUL: More than 20 Hillsborough schools have principals still in their 30's.
HISTORY: The Hillsborough teacher accused of hiring a hit man to kill a colleague had troubles at other schools.
OUSTED: Parent complaints at a Broward high school lead to the firing of the cheerleading coach, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
TOO LOW: Duval schools stand to lose about $5 million in funding as enrollment lags behind projections, the Florida Times-Union reports.
DEMAND: Charter Schools USA plans to open a school in St. Lucie for more than 1,000 students, the St. Lucie Tribune reports.
ACCEPTED: Charlotte's former superintendent agrees to temporarily lead the Manatee district, the Bradenton Herald reports.
THERE'S AN APP FOR THAT: The Marion school district launches a free mobile application to communicate with the public, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
IN THE MIX: An Orange School Board member and FCAT critic seeks to become Florida education commissioner, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
STOP: Volusia deputies crack down on drivers who don't stop for school buses with flashing reds on, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.