Florida education news: Outsourcing, school choice, USF expansion and more
OUTSOURCING: Candidates for Pasco School Board debate whether the district would benefit by privatizing services such as transportation and food services.
STYLES: The race for Pinellas School Board District 1 features candidates with widely different approaches to running.
CHOICES: About 15 percent of Bay students attend programs that are outside the district's traditional system, the Panama City News Herald reports. • Charter school enrollment surges in Manatee County, the Bradenton Herald reports. • Seminole schools offer more options to keep students from leaving, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
CLOSE TO HOME: Sarasota and Manatee residents like the idea of a broader college experience that an expansion of USF would bring, the Herald-Tribune reports. The plan also looks good to local businesses, the Bradenton Herald reports.
LABOR NEWS: Palm Beach teachers ask for more pay for teaching a sixth period, the Palm Beach Post reports.
UNDER-REPRESENTED: Volusia and Flagler county schools have few minority teachers, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.