Florida education news: Math lessons, FCAT, graduation rates and more
RIBBONS AND BOWS: Blanton Elementary School in St. Petersburg is overwhelmed with support for its annual gift-giving drive for needy students. (Times photo, James Borchuck)
EAT HEALTHIER: Florida agriculture commissioner Adam Putnam says more local fresh produce should be in school cafeterias.
DO THE MATH: Hernando Westside Elementary students practice math skills while shopping in Winn Dixie.
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT? Some Alachua students take voluntary Saturday FCAT prep courses to ready themselves for the annual exam, the Gainesville Sun reports.
A LITTLE HELP: Gov. Rick Scott asks Florida's school superintendents to promote his latest education budget, the Palm Beach Post reports.
THEY CAN'T AFFORD IT: A new fee for adult education programs in Florida is keeping many people from signing up, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
CUT SCORES: Treasure Coast superintendents worry that higher FCAT passing scores will hurt students, the Stuart News reports.
GAME CHANGER: Miami-Dade superintendent Alberto Carvalho warns that new graduation rate formulas taking effect next year will dramatically change this year's rosy results, the Miami Herald reports.
CLOSE TIES: The Academica charter school firm has lots of clout in Tallahassee, the Miami Herald reports.
IT'S ALL ONLINE: Flagler schools embrace digital textbooks and course materials, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. • Daytona State College supports e-textbooks, but isn't going to mandate them anytime soon, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
NOT ENOUGH: The Jacksonville Public Education Fund says Florida does not adequately cover all the mandates required of public schools, the Florida Times-Union report.