Florida education news: Marching band, parent protest, free lunch and more
BIG BAND: The Tarpon High marching band continues to win accolades and awards. (Times photo, Douglas Clifford)
ONE PERCENT MORE: Tampa Bay area business leaders consider joining an effort to get 1 percent of area adults to obtain a college degree.
HELPING HAND: A consortium of Florida education foundations gathers to look into how they can help the state overcome some of its persistent academic problems, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
PARENTS PROTEST: Hundreds turn out to blast a planned attendance zone change in Broward, complaining that the district looks at kids as numbers rather than as kids, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
FREE LUNCH: Collier decides to eliminate the charge for lunch to students who already qualify for reduced-price meals, the Naples Daily News reports.
STOP THAT PRINCIPAL: Lee investigates a school leader accused by parents of bullying teachers and kids, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
SUSPENDED: A St. Lucie kindergarten teacher is under investigation after a parent claims the teacher forced a student to clean up urine in her classroom bathroom, the Port St. Lucie Tribune reports.
SEEKING INDEPENDENCE: A committee recommends a path for FSU in Panama City to become a self-sufficient university, the Panama City News Herald reports.
TIME TO LISTEN: Florida Keys Community College gets a new leader five weeks after its former president dramatically resigned under pressure, the Keynoter reports.
SCHOOL USE: Palm Beach considers dropping rent for the Girl Scout troops and other nonprofits that use classrooms after school, the Palm Beach Post reports.
NIMBY: An upscale St. Johns community is trying to prevent the school district from building anything but an elementary school next door, the St. Augustine Record reports.