Florida education news: Hungry children, academic goals, homecoming and more
HERO: Hernando food services dietitian Susan Zanatta wins recognition for creating the Cruisin' Cafe from an aging school bus and feeding hungry children over the summer. (Times photo, Paulette Lash Ritchie)
BIG TIME: Tomlin Middle School is the only middle school in Florida to send students to national FFA competition.
HILLSBOROUGH SCHOOL BOARD: The Times recommends Carol Kurdell for the District 7 at-large seat.
GOALS: Florida officials defend new race-based academic targets, the NY Times reports. • Although some have criticized the plan, Collier district officials say the debate is overblown, Naples Daily News columnist Brent Batten writes. • Gov. Rick Scott seeks to change the direction of the conversation, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
BARRED: A Lee County freshman is barred from homecoming for failing to return a school library book or pay the fine, the Huffington Post reports.
BOYS VS. GIRLS: Miami-Dade and Broward school districts expand single-gender classes amid a debate over whether the practice yields positive results, the Miami Herald reports.
WHAT'S YOUR MAJOR? A state task force considers a proposal to lower tuition rates for students enrolled in high demand fields of study, the Gainesville Sun reports.
MONEY WOES: Outside auditors find more budget problems than Manatee school district officials initially projected, the Bradenton Herald reports.
LIMBO: State College of Florida president Lars Hafner isn't out of the woods yet in his job security, the Bradenton Herald reports.
DELAY: The Palm Beach School Board puts off a vote to seek a Race to the Top grant after the teachers union president withholds her support, the Palm Beach Post reports.
GROWING: Seminole State College plans a major expansion, the Orlando Sentinel reports.