Florida education news: Poverty in schools, Bill Gates visits, religious discrimination and more
USF NEWS: University of South Florida students protest on the main Tampa campus about rising tuition and costly textbooks. • The Florida Board of Governors gives USF Polytechnic tough standards to meet in order to attain independence. (Times photo, Kathleen Flynn)
NEW CHALLENGES: Rising poverty tests some Pasco County schools.
WELCOME TO TAMPA: Bill and Melinda Gates visit Hillsborough Jefferson High to see how their $100 million investment in teacher training is working out.
TRY AGAIN: UCF leaders intend to resubmit plans for a new dental school soon, after abruptly withdrawing their proposal, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
NEW IDEAS: Experts and community members gather to talk about education reform in a changing Collier County, the Naples Daily News reports.
DIVERSITY CONCERNS: An Hispanic group prompts the Palm Beach School Board to look more closely at whether the district work force is representative of the county, the Palm Beach Post reports.
SETTLED: The Marion school district reaches a deal with a teacher who sued the district claiming religious discrimination, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
UNHAPPY: Many Polk teachers have concerns about the state's new performance pay laws, the Lakeland Ledger reports.