Florida education news: Private schools, homeless students, school vouchers and more
SELL 'EM: The Pinellas School Board looks into selling vacant and unused properties to help cover budget shortfalls.
FEELING SAFER: Students at Hillsborough's middle schools say they feel safer after the district's anti-bullying campaign.
GOING PUBLIC: Many Palm Beach families abandon private schools in the tough economy, the Palm Beach Post reports.
BRANDING: Miami-Dade expands its most popular schools into other locations, using the same name to draw attention, the Miami Herald reports.
NO PROSECUTION: Many rapes at Florida college campuses go unreported or unprosecuted, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
HOMELESS: Brevard schools see their number of homeless students on the rise, Florida Today reports.
VOUCHER SUPPORT: Increasing numbers of Florida Democrat lawmakers support school vouchers as Tampa businessman and voucher backer John Kirtley steps up his contributions to them, the News Service of Florida reports.
GOING BACKWARD: Some north Florida educators worry that the state's budget cuts to prekindergarten and related services will limit early education options for young children, the Florida Times-Union reports.
BUDGET CUTS: Manatee will cut staff, not teachers, as it cuts its budget, the Bradenton Herald reports. • Palm Beach school police struggle to do the job with fewer resources, the Palm Beach Post reports.
CHARTER EXPLOSION: Charter schools grow in numbers in Florida, but questions remain whether it's a wise use of state money, the Miami Herald reports.