Florida education news: Loopholes, mysteries, rats and more
GRAD RATE LOOPHOLE: Florida's rising high school graduation rates may not be as high as reported, as kids who transfer to adult education programs are removed from the count.
WHODUNIT? An investigation gets Thurgood Marshall Fundamental School no closer to knowing who created a Facebook page bashing the school.
WANT GINGER'S PURSE? The purse that Bay School Board member Ginger Littleton used to smack a shooter over the head is up for auction on eBay, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
OUT OF FIELD: Students in low-income schools stand a greater chance of getting unqualified teachers, the Naples Daily News reports.
CLOSED FOR GOOD: The Florida Board of Education shuts down a Jefferson County charter school, WCTV reports.
NONSENSE: The math behind Gov.-elect Rick Scott's universal voucher program doesn't work, the Palm Beach Post editorializes.
PAY IT FORWARD: A Volusia teacher has her students perform random acts of kindness, the Daytona Beach News Journal reports.
RATS! Tamarac Elementary School in Broward relocates students while eradicating rats in their classrooms, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for a guest column by Step Up for Students chairman John Kirtley, a member of Rick Scott's education transition team.