Florida education news: pensions, school showers, butterflies and more
EYE ON PENSIONS: Florida Gov.-elect Rick Scott worries that the state pension fund for teachers and other public employees is in bad shape. (AP photo)
GROWING STRONGER: St. Petersburg College aims to add faculty and courses while improving its community relations.
COOPERATION FOR THE KIDS: It makes sense for the Pasco County Commission and School Board to work together on shared facilities, the Times editorializes.
TICK, TICK, TICK: The Collier school district races the clock to come up with a class-size compliance plan ahead of a February deadline, the Naples Daily News reports. The Florida Department of Education advises Polk school officials that compliance must occur daily, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
NO SHOWERS? Many school students prefer not to shower in front of classmates after P.E. or athletic activity, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
HOW FAR? Rick Scott brings some radical ideas to Florida's education landscape, but it remains unclear how many of those can gain traction, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
CRUNCH TIME: South Florida schools begin the push toward the spring FCAT administration as they return to classes, the Miami Herald reports.
THE MORE YOU LEARN... Does not necessarily translate into the amount you earn, the Miami Herald reports.
HEALTHY LUNCHES: New federal law will provide more Florida children healthier cafeteria options, the Stuart News reports.
PRICEY BUTTERFLIES: The Broward school system spends $1 million to maintain a butterfly garden, the Sun-Sentinel reports (via Palm Beach Post).