Florida education news: Job training, background checks, Facebook snooping and more
JOB TRAINING: St. Petersburg College will oversee a $15 million job training grant to community colleges. (Times photo, Will Vragovic)
PAY TO VOLUNTEER: The Pinellas school district starts charging parent volunteers who work unsupervised with children for the cost of their background checks.
MOUNTING CONCERNS: Pasco School Board members want answers over the perceived problems at Hudson Middle School.
FIRED: A Land O'Lakes High teacher is dismissed over allegations that she pried into her students' private Facebook page.
MORE MONEY: Hernando non-unionized employees win raises.
NO CHANGE: Hernando's Floyd K-8 School won't be losing the middle grades despite talk to the contrary.
LOCKED OUT: A Tallahassee mom was turned away from Gov. Rick Scott's education listening tour as a security risk. She complained, and won a personal face-to-face meeting with the governor.
DEALING WITH IT: USF shows Tallahassee leaders a way to adapt and grow even despite tough economic times, the Times editorializes.
CHARTER BACKER: Gov. Rick Scott continues to look for ways to help more charter schools open, WTSP reports. • The governor reiterated his pledge to do more for public education at the charter school ribbon cutting, the Florida Current reports. • Seven new charter schools are proposed for Manatee and Sarasota counties, the Herald-Tribune reports.
NEVER MIND: The Broward school district dumps its $800,000 school bus GPS tracking system, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
AFFAIRS: Court records reveal a former Broward School Board member had affairs with two men working for companies doing business with the district, the Miami Herald reports.