Florida education news: Race to the Top, charter schools, end-of-course exams and more
FIRST INSTALLMENT: Pasco County schools receive a share of Florida's Race to the Top education reform grant even without union support.
FEAR NOT: The Hernando School Board should not give in to terrorism by clamping down on security at its public meetings, columnist Dan DeWitt writes.
GOOD MOVES: St. Petersburg College is on the right track in expanding academic offerings, the Times editorializes.
IN PROTEST: Many South Florida teachers, parents and students wear red to send new Gov. Rick Scott a message to support public education, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
OH, THE DRAMA: The Flagler School Board debates rules for staging plays after a blowup over one school's production of To Kill a Mockingbird, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
CHARTER OPTIONS: Winter Haven city officials discuss establishing a charter school system to compete with the county public schools, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
GOOD VALUES: Several Florida public universities and colleges make Kiplinger's list of bargains, the Miami Herald reports.
IDEAS WANTED: The Lee School Board should be more interested in education vision than salary ranges as it looks for a new superintendent, the Fort Myers News-Press editorializes.
RETIRING: Longtime Seminole schools superintendent Bill Vogel says it's time to go, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
MATH LESSONS: The Collier School Board explores options to help students pass the state's new Algebra I end-of-course exam, the Naples Daily News reports.
DO NOT PASS GO: A Palm Beach principal is arrested on charges that she stole from her own school, the Palm Beach Post reports.
BIG CHALLENGE: Santa Fe College leaders worry about making needed improvements when funding is short, the Gainesville Sun reports.