Florida education news: International Baccalaureate, college fees, chocolate milk and more
DON'T TOUCH: Hundreds of students and parents attend a forum where the big message to Pinellas School Board members was to leave International Baccalaureate at Palm Harbor University High. (Times photo, Scott Keeler)
TARGETING GRADUATION: Hillsborough Community College secures two grants aimed at improving the school's graduation rate.
TAXING QUESTION: The Pasco School Board will ask voters to allow the continuation of a local option tax for critical operating needs.
PAMPERED PETS: Students in Hudson High's veterinary assistant classroom care for their teachers' pets as part of their lessons.
CLASS SIZE: The Gainesville Sun recommends a yes vote on Amendment 8 to relax Florida's class size rules. • Polk school officials say that meeting the existing rules is costly as they chase a 'moving target,' the Lakeland Ledger reports. • Some Broward parents say their children are being removed from academically desirable courses so the district can make class size, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
OTHER OPTIONS: The Manatee school district looks for the best place to educate children making the transition out of a psychiatric hospital as some parents complain about the possibility of placing the kids on their children's campus, the Bradenton Herald reports.
CHOCOLATE MILK BAN? As Florida debates the idea of taking chocolate milk from cafeterias, other school systems already have acted, the Palm Beach Post reports.
LABOR NEWS: The Okaloosa School Board approves teacher contracts with step increases despite a push by two members to freeze pay, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
MICROMANAGING? Daytona State College faces an accreditation inquiry over allegations that its board of trustees interferes in daily operations, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
THE REAL COST OF HIGHER ED: The Orlando Sentinel examines the fees that University of Central Florida students pay beyond their classes.