Florida education news: Kindergarten camp, school civics exam, internet access and more
HEAD START: Almost half of Pasco Seven Oaks Elementary School's incoming kindergartners get to know their school during a weeklong introductory camp. (Times photo, Brendan Fitterer)
TALKING POINTS: The Florida Board of Education's budget workshop yields some familiar complaints but also some insights into the direction that the state education debate is headed.
POWER SHIFT: Pasco County School Board members and commissioners will see their districts redrawn to reflect the new census.
CIVICS LESSON: Collier district leaders seek to change Florida's requirement that eighth graders pass a civics exam to enter ninth grade after seeing that many would fail, the Naples Daily News reports.
LABOR NEWS: Flagler gives 2 percent raises to its professional employees but holds off on administrators, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. • Monroe plans to outsource custodial services without having anyone lose their jobs, the Keynoter reports. • Miami-Dade plans to review how it pays retiring employees for unused sick and vacation time, the Miami Herald reports.
FIX IT: The low quality of Florida's voluntary prekindergarten program is a "slap in the face" to voters who approved it, the Stuart News editorializes.
ONLINE ASSISTANCE: Miami-Dade works to help low-income families gain access to the internet, where most district information is located, the Miami Herald reports.