Florida education news: Jeb Bush, gopher tortoises, texting in school and more
THE BUSH BRAND: Former Florida governor Jeb Bush's education accountability measures are gaining traction in several states across the country, the St. Augustine Record reports. (AP photo)
GETTING READY: The Bay School Board plans added security measures as it prepares for its first meeting since a shooter disrupted its December session, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
DO NOT DISTURB: A planned new Marco Island school that will have an eco-friendly curriculum must deal with dozens of gopher tortoises on its proposed site, the Naples Daily News reports.
SPECIAL TRAINING: A preschool based at a Palm Beach high school prepares toddlers while also getting aspiring teachers some hands-on learning, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
DEGREES AVAILABLE: Gulf Coast Community College offers its first four-year degree, the Panama City News Herald reports.
LOVE THAT PHONE: Manatee high school students say they'll keep texting in school despite rules against it, the Bradenton Herald Journalism Next project reports.
DEADLINE LOOMING: Families have three weeks remaining to purchase Florida Prepaid Tuition plans for 2011, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
LABOR NEWS: Monroe teachers and the School Board will consider new contract terms that include performance pay and three-year terms, the Keynoter reports.