Florida education news: Magnet schools, job retraining, voter registration and more
SAFETY FIRST: Pinellas schools continue fire safety inspections even after the state stopped requiring them. (Times photo, Chris Zuppa)
MORE MAGNETS: Hillsborough expands and refines its magnet school programs to diversity offerings.
'GREEDY AND PAROCHIAL': State lawmakers should not let Sen. J.D. Alexander push through a poor plan for USF Polytechnic independence, the Times editorializes.
SCHOOL CLOSURES: Duval considers shutting a small school based at Bank of America, the Florida Times-Union reports.
BACK TO SCHOOL: Displaced workers who seek new training have no guarantees of success after graduation, the Palm Beach Post reports.
REAL-TIME LESSON: A Broward middle school teacher sparks outrage with her classroom lesson on taxation without representation, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
PAY UP: Polk charter schools ask a judge to determine whether they're getting their fair share of federal funds, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
REGISTRATION DEBACLE: Another Florida teacher faces penalties for helping her students to register to vote, the AP reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with former Florida education commmissioner Eric J. Smith.