Florida education news: Old Nikes, school budget cuts, etiquette lessons and more
JUST DO IT: Land O'Lakes High School senior Ben Hedblom wears the same Nikes for four years on a bet, learning life lessons along the way. (Times photo, Keri Wiginton)
CUTS COMING: Pinellas school leaders consider furloughs and busing cuts among $26 million in additional spending reductions.
WHAT DO YOU THINK? The Hernando School Board seeks parent input on school start times and middle school sports fees.
CLOSING DOWN: The only Jewish day school in Pinellas will close because of a lack of funds.
ENVIRONMENTAL LESSONS: Pasco students and educators learn about ocean life at the Energy and Marine Center, and worry about what harm the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico might bring.
UNDER INVESTIGATION: A Hernando teacher is pulled from the classroom while officials look into allegations that she mishandled an autistic student.
ON BOARD: The Osceola School Board agrees to participate in the Race to the Top again, with the local teacher union still thinking about it, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
BUDGET NEWS: Alachua school officials say the district's budget shortfall is not as steep as expected, the Gainesville Sun reports. • Three Palm Beach high schools could lose a popular health program because of a lack of money, the Palm Beach Post reports.
CLOSED RECORDS: Broward's top school attorney tells the district auditing team it can't have records it sought to show whether construction companies were misspending district funds, the Sun-Sentinel reports. More on the audit from the Miami Herald.
GPA RULES: Collier holds off on changes to calculating high school grade-point averages after failing to inform families of the proposal, the Naples Daily News reports.
LOTS OF LAWYERING: Martin schools have spent more on attorneys this year than in the previous five years combined, the Stuart News reports.
MIND YOUR MANNERS: A Sarasota elementary school begins teaching etiquette lessons, the Herald-Tribune reports.
THE FALL GUY: Former Palm Beach chief academic officer Jeffrey Hernandez says he "took a bullet" for the failed policies of superintendent Art Johnson, the Palm Beach Post reports.