Florida education news: Marching bands, charter schools, Race to the Top and more
STRIKE UP THE BAND: Twenty area high school marching bands compete for district honors. (Times photo, Michele Miller)
CUFFED: Dunedin school and community leaders look for reasons and solutions to the growing number of arrests among area middle schoolers.
APPROVAL: The Pasco School Board considers approving its second new charter school in as many meetings.
OUSTED: State College of Florida trustees buy out president Lars Hafner, and two trustees resign in protest, the Bradenton Herald reports.
NEW DIRECTION: A Polk man denied a teaching job because of a juvenile offense finds success in construction instead, the Ledger reports.
RACE TO THE TOP: Broward and Miami-Dade get teacher support just before the deadline to apply for the district-level round of Race to the Top, the Miami Herald reports.
INFORMATION PLEASE: Monroe's auditing committee says it can't be effective without more data from the district, the Keynoter reports.
DUMPED: The Florida Department of Education cancels a disputed contract to build a website about new academic standards, the AP reports.
TO CLOSE OR NOT TO CLOSE? The State Board of Education will decide whether to allow an Alachua charter school with two F grades to remain open, the Gainesville Sun reports.