Florida education news: Race to the Top, bus stop safety, longer school days and more
BUS STOPS: The Pinellas school system needs to repair its dangerous transportation system, which has students crossing highways to get to bus stops, the Times editorializes. (Times photo, Lara Cerri)
HALF-TRUE: Charlie Crist pushes the envelope in trying to prove how well Florida's schools have done during his tenure, Politifact.com reports.
IN THE WAY: The Florida Education Association is making a big mistake in blocking the state's path on the Race to the Top, Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Thomas writes.
CHARTER DECISION: A state judge sides with the St. Lucie school district in its decision to close a failing charter school, the Port St. Lucie Tribune reports.
STILL IN SCHOOL: Nearly 100 Duval students attend a three-day FCAT prep camp during their winter break, the Florida Times-Union reports.
SAFE TO SCHOOL: About 95 needy Orlando kids get new bikes to ride to school after their bus route ends, WESH.com reports.
IN THE STATE'S HANDS: Florida Atlantic University sends a hazing case to the state attorney's office for review, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
INSPIRATION: Miami-Dade sign language teacher Cathy Oshrain helps students feel comfortable with deafness, the Miami Herald reports.
THEY'RE PRETTY, BUT ... Edison State College faces criticism for its purchase of some pricey drapery for an office, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
NOT GUILTY PLEA: Former Broward School Board member Beverly Gallagher tells a judge she's not guilty of the corruption charges she faces, the Palm Beach Post reports.
LONGER DAYS: Volusia officials look for ways to extend the academic day for students, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
NOT THERE YET: Monroe's teachers union president isn't convinced about the Race to the Top, the Keynoter reports.