Florida education news: math instruction, FCAT opinions, first day of school (for some) and more
THAT WILL COST YOU: Florida university officials worry that changes to the Bright Futures scholarship program could hurt students who can least afford it.
LET ME IN: A Pasco girl who has attended Hernando's Nature Coast Technical High for two years sues to be allowed to stay there.
ROBOTS IN SURGERY: USF launches a new center to train doctors in how to use robots in surgery.
SAFE FOR NOW: Manatee leaders decide to leave Duette Elementary — Florida's last one-room school — open through December to give community members a chance to take it over, the Bradenton Herald reports.
HATING ON THE FCAT: Just one-third of Lee parents surveyed say they think the FCAT offers a good reflection of their child's academic performance, the Naples Daily News reports.
VARIED AND NUTRITIOUS: Duval changes food vendors with a promise that cafeteria offerings will be fresh and good for kids, the Florida Times-Union reports.
HARDER TO BE A FLORIDIAN: Florida changes the laws making it more difficult for out-of-state university students to qualify for in-state tuition, the Palm Beach Post reports.
INFORMATION RETRIEVED: St. Lucie gets back accidentally released private information about its employees, and says the data never made it to the public domain, the Port St. Lucie Tribune reports.
EARLY START: Brevard and Charlotte are the only Florida districts to have students return this week, Florida Today reports. Charlotte High starts the year with a brand new school to finally replace the wreck left behind by Hurricane Charley, the Herald-Tribune reports.
GETTING READY: Alachua (and the rest of the districts) still have two weeks left to make final preparations for the kids, the Gainesville Sun reports.