Florida education news: Pinellas superintendent, college funding, chocolate milk and more
THEN THERE WERE THREE: The Pinellas School Board picks three finalists to interview for the district superintendency.
NEXT UP: Hernando superintendent Bryan Blavatt picks longtime district educator Ken Pritz as assistant superintendent, perhaps grooming him for the top job.
MORE SUPPORT: Duval residents need to be talking about how to improve education for schools serving high-poverty communities, the Florida Times-Union editorializes.
OVERTURNED: The Florida Board of Education allows five Palm Beach charter school applicants to open over the denial of the local school board, the Palm Beach Post reports. • The board supports the denial of three Miami-Dade charter applicants, the Miami Herald reports.
MORE MONEY: Florida college leaders propose a 35 percent increase in funding to boost their system graduation rate, the News Service of Florida reports.
FCAT WORKS: Florida education commissioner Gerard Robinson defends the state school accountability system in a meeting with Broward community members, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
LESS SWEET: The flavored milk that Florida schools provide for students is getting less sugary, the AP reports.
MORE CUTS COMING: Flagler school officials face another $3.8 million shortfall after the state lowers the district tax rate more than expected, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
LONGER DAYS: Seven Orange elementary schools will have to offer an extra hour of reading daily after landing on the state's lowest performing 100 list, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
BULLYING: The Alachua school district sets up an anonymous hotline for students to report bullying, the Gainesville Sun reports.