Florida education news: P.E. classes, STEM lessons, voting rights and more
LET'S GET PHYSICAL: Pasco elementary school P.E. teachers say their jobs are getting harder to do amid budget cuts and class size rules. (Times photo, Brendan Fitterer)
PENSION PLANS: A Tallahassee judge says Gov. Rick Scott's move to take 3 percent of teacher and other state worker salaries for pensions violated their contracts.
GED PROGRAM THREATENED: A program that helps low-income 16- to 24-year-olds get their diplomas might close as funding dwindles.
STEM SUMMIT: Florida leaders call for schools and universities to get more competitive in science and related fields.
HIGH HOPES: University of South Florida officials say plans by the Polytechnic campus to go solo are overly optimistic.
TOP OF THE CLASS: Parent institute gives adults tools to help their kids with school • Mix it up day at Powell Middle lets students make new friends • Nature Tech High teaches altruism with Engaged Citizenship through Service program
CLEARED: The state Commission on Ethics says Rep. Erik Fresen did nothing wrong in voting on charter school issues that might benefit family members, the Miami Herald reports.
FINALLY: Manatee teachers get to enter student grades in a new computer system that had been causing major headaches, the Bradenton Herald reports.
WANTED: ONE SCHOOL: A small Okaloosa town takes steps to permit a charter school to open where a district elementary school once operated, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
STEPPING IN: U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson offers to help a Volusia teacher who's run afoul of the state's election law by encouraging students to vote, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
OVERCOMING OBSTACLES: Gainesville High's homecoming king has struggled through high school but gained the respect of his peers, the Gainesville Sun reports.