Florida education news: Magnet schools, KIPP charter schools, student uniforms and more
SELF PROMOTION: USF Polytechnic sets aside $500,000 to create promotional materials about how it will help Polk County, an amount many consider too much.
TOO MANY CHIEFS? The Pinellas school district will hire consultants to review whether the administration is top heavy.
AUTOMATICALLY IN: Hernando creates an attendance zone for its magnet Nature Coast Technical High.
RESHUFFLE: Pinellas considers sending all students to their neighborhood schools regardless of where they currently attend.
NOT SO BAD: Pasco's enrollment does not decline as much as expected.
TOP OF THE CLASS: John Long Middle School celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month.
NEEDS IMPROVEMENT: A handful of Lee and Collier schools are added to the state's list of schools needing an overhaul, the Naples Daily News reports.
PROMISES MADE: KIPP leaders say they won't open two proposed new Duval elementary charter schools if the group can't improve its charter middle school by December, the Florida Times-Union reports.
INTERIM NEEDED: Palm Beach officials begin to set terms to find a new interim superintendent while their search for a permanent leader continues, the Palm Beach Post reports.
INPUT WANTED: The Flagler School Board will survey parents about mandatory student uniforms before deciding on its policy, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
GET OFF: A Bay school bus driver is in trouble after kicking a 4-year-old pre-k student off his bus in the middle of the route, the Panama City News Herald reports.
COLLEGE CHALLENGE: Gov. Rick Scott asks Florida university leaders some pointed questions that point toward a change in the system's mission, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. • Scott also releases all public university professor salaries, a move some claimed was aimed at making universities appear wasteful, the Sun-Sentinel reports. • UF profs say salaries alone offer a skewed view of their worth, the Gainesville Sun reports.