Florida education news: Last day of school, teacher mentors, tax rates and more
SCHOOL'S OUT. LOCK UP YOUR VALUABLES: Tampa area police prepare for a rise in petty crime as students begin summer break.
THANK GOODNESS IT'S OVER: Brandon's Alina Meador didn't make the semifinals in the national spelling bee, and she's happy about that.
UNQUALIFIED: FAMU's research high school doesn't renew the contract of three-quarters of its teachers, many of whom weren't considered highly qualified, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
LAST-DAY PRANKS: Some Manatee school bus drivers share tales of kids with eggs, toilet paper and other ammo that they like to toss to celebrate the final ride of the year, the Bradenton Herald reports.
A BIG STEP: South Florida kindergartners look ahead to life as first-graders, the Miami Herald reports.
DELINQUENT DISTRICT: The Lee school district owes $40,000 in back taxes, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
HELP IS ON THE WAY: Palm Beach doubles its number of full-time mentors for new teachers, the Palm Beach Post reports.
THEY HAVE TO PARTY SOMEWHERE: Lynn University buys a $900,000 home in Boca Raton for its presidential mansion, the Palm Beach Post reports.
TAX TRADEOFF: Alachua considers simultaneously increasing its operating tax rate and cutting its capital projects rate, the Gainesville Sun reports.
MORE SEEK FINANCIAL AID: UF sees a 13 percent increase in students requesting assistance, the Gainesville Sun reports.