Florida education news: online performances, background checks, social networking and more
TIME FOR AN UPGRADE: Aging Myakka Elementary in Manatee will get a $11 million facelift, the Bradenton Herald reports. (Bradenton Herald photo)
JUST LIKE FLORIDA: California education policymakers look to Florida's example when considering whether to allow the state's two-year colleges to offer four-year degrees, the Contra-Costa Times reports.
JUST TUNE IN: Manatee makes it easier for out-of-town relatives to watch school performances with a new Web site, the Bradenton Herald reports.
THEY JUST WANT TO HELP: Treasure Coast school districts take different approaches on charging volunteers for fingerprint checks, the Stuart News reports.
UP TO THE TASK: Colleagues of newly appointed FSU president Eric Barron say he's ready to run the university, the Miami Herald-St. Petersburg Times Tallahassee bureau reports.
PROTEST CARDS: Their e-mails blocked as spam, Broward teachers plan to flood School Board members with postcards criticizing negotiations, the Miami Herald reports.
TARGETING TECH: The Florida university system looks to high-tech programs as a way to boost student marketability while also helping the economy, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
POOR STUDENTS: Florida's Big Bend region has more than 10,000 students living in poverty, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
AROUND THE NATION: Many California families give up on college after the state increases fees too high for them to afford, the L.A. Times reports. • A growing number of university students sign off of Facebook and other social networking sites as they find their online worlds interfering with their offline lives, the N.Y. Times reports. • Fewer high school students are taking computer science courses, the Washington Post reports.