Florida education news: Math instruction, smoking ban, gaming in education and more
MATH IS FUN: Bayonet Point Middle School in Pasco shakes up its math instruction with games and computers to keep kids interested and increase their scores. (Times photo, Brendan Fitterer)
MAKING SPACE: Deltona and Suncoast elementary schools in Hernando will add more permanent classrooms to ease crowding.
TIME TO REPRIORITIZE: Pasco parents fighting a cell phone tower at John Long Middle School should focus on more pressing issues, Times columnist C.T. Bowen writes.
NOT A REGULAR DIPLOMA: Florida high school students who choose to finish with a GED instead of completing their courses no longer will get a standard diploma, the Miami Herald reports.
REVOLUTIONARY: By pairing online gaming with education, Florida Virtual School stands at the brink of a whole new and exciting way to teach kids, Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Thomas writes.
NO SMOKING: A growing number of schools, including UF and the University of Miami, are banning smoking on campus, the Miami Herald reports.
LEARNING ABOUT POVERTY: West Palm Beach leaders head to Harlem to look for new ways to teach the community's most impoverished students, the Palm Beach Post reports.
FIGHT FOR CHAIRMANSHIP: The Monroe School Board looks headed for a political battle over who will become its new chair, the Keynoter reports.
ADMISSION CONCERNS: UF will amp up its review of applicants who have criminal records, the Gainesville Sun reports.