Florida education news: Parent involvement, Advanced Placement, school homework and more
PARENT POWER: Families joined teachers at Pinellas Southern Oak Elementary School to stop a proposed reconfiguration with a neighboring school before it could take root.
TOP OF THE CLASS: Springstead students learn the importance of blood donation • Kids sample galactic treats at MOSI holiday camp • Powell program yields enough food to fill a Hummer (Times photo, Will Vragovic)
TEACH TO THE TEST: Students who earn A's in Advanced Placement classes should be able to pass the AP exam, the Times editorializes.
ONE STEP CLOSER: The Florida Department of Education approves 65 applications to participate in the state's Race to the Top grant, the AP reports.
KUDOS: Miami-Dade leaders applaud district high schools that excelled in improving their graduation rates, the Miami Herald reports.
THAT'S SOME STAMINA: At 50 years, principal Dorcas Howard becomes Collier County's longest tenured school employee ever, the Naples Daily News reports.
GET THE MESSAGE: Brevard School Board member Amy Kneessy complains that teachers continue to assign homework over the holidays, Florida Today reports.
MAKE IT YUMMY: A dozen chefs partner with Orange County schools to improve the district's cafeteria menu, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
FIX THE SCHOOLS: Some key Jacksonville-area lawmakers urge Gov.-elect Rick Scott to invest more in the state's public education, the St. Augustine Record reports.