Florida education news: Jeb Bush's influence, school bus ads, education funding and more
TOP TEACHER: Dunedin Elementary teacher Stephanie Whitaker is named 2012 Pinellas teacher of the year. (Times photo, Douglas Clifford)
WHEN JEB SPEAKS... Florida lawmakers listen, as former Gov. Jeb Bush and his foundation steer the state's education policy.
TIME TO CHANGE: The Pinellas School Board and top administration look to reorganize using a FADSS leadership audit as a guide.
THIS WILL MAKE YOU SMARTER: A Palm Beach elementary school tells students that eating cereal bars will help them do better on the FCAT, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
JUST SAY NO: Florida high school athletic directors protest legislation that would create a new governing body for private school sports, saying it would open the door for more student recruiting, the Naples Daily News reports. Miami Herald columnist Linda Robertson calls the bill "alarmingly bad."
SELLING STUDENT EYES: Florida lawmakers must answer key questions before permitting advertising on school buses and in cafeterias, the Bradenton Herald editorializes. Orlando Sentinel columnist Beth Kassab says the state's schools and nature trails should remain ad-free, regardless of schools' financial needs.
NOT ENOUGH: Florida education leaders say the Legislature's plan to put another $1 billion into public school funding doesn't do enough to cover the financial needs, the Florida Times-Union reports.
WHO DO YOU SERVE? A community survey reveals concerns that the Broward school district is lacking in communication and customer service skills, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
NO WORRIES: Ousted Duval superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals says he's fine with his board wanting a new CEO, the Florida Times-Union reports.