Florida education news: iPads, armed guards, marijuana cookies and more
BEEF UP SECURITY: Hernando school safety officer urges the School Board to hire an armed guard for future meetings.
SHOW OF SUPPORT: Pinellas teachers help in each others' classrooms so those who knew St. Petersburg's fallen police officers could attend the funeral.
A SEAT AT THE TABLE: Pasco schools superintendent Heather Fiorentino gives lawmakers her views on teacher quality legislation. Speaking of which, key lawmakers suggest the merit pay concept still has critical issues needing resolution, the St. Augustine Record reports.
FOR THE LOVE OF SCIENCE: Lee schools make science education a priority, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
BETTER PREPARATION: The St. Lucie school district makes a deal with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to get more materials and training into the hands of teachers working with the county's youngest students, the Port St. Lucie Tribune reports.
MARIJUANA COOKIES: Some teens get into trouble for bringing drug-laced chocolate chip cookies to their Broward County high school, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with state Rep. Bill Proctor, chairman of the Florida House Education Committee.