Florida education news: Online university, campus security, tutoring and more
ONLINE U: FLorida university system governors discuss options to provide more online courses to students, keeping a virtual university on the table as a possibility.
SAFE AND SECURE? Tampa area school districts add police presence to pacify parents with fears after a school shooting in Connecticut. • Lee superintendent Joseph Burke calls for more attention to mental health problems in response to the shooting, the Naples Daily News reports. • Florida Rep. Dennis Baxley says schools would be safer if principals and teachers could bring guns, the Herald-Tribune reports.
WHAT'S IN A NAME: Brevard Community College seeks to rebrand itself as Eastern Florida State College, Florida Today reports.
LABOR NEWS: The Palm Beach school district reaches a contract agreement with its school police officers, the Palm Beach Post reports. • The Orange school district files an unfair labor practices complaint against the Orange Classroom Teachers Association, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
TEEN TUTORS: A group of Polk high school students helps second and third graders improve their reading, the Ledger reports.
NEVER MIND: A Florida lawmaker will withdraw his bill that would have radically changed the Bright Futures scholarship rules, the Orlando Sentinel reports.