Florida education news: Race to the Top, Penny for Pasco, school holidays and more
A IS FOR APPLE: Hernando Eastside Elementary kindergartners learn their academic standards with an apple theme. (Photo by Paulette Lash Ritchie)
MORE MONEY: The Pasco school district seeks a $40 million Race to the Top grant.
TOO LONG: Facing no opposition, Pasco superintendent candidate Kurt Browning worries that voters won't get to the end of the ballot to support the Penny for Pasco, columnist C.T. Bowen writes.
HOLIDAY OBSERVANCES: A calendar committee recommends Broward schools become the first in Florida to observe two Muslim holidays with days off, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
READINESS: State Sen. Bill Montford seeks to funnel more money into early education programs after an unexpected change in their funding formula, the News Service of Florida reports.
EXEMPLARY EXAMPLE: Treasure Coast Elementary in Sebastian is tagged as a model school for innovative teaching, the Stuart News reports.
THE SEARCH IS ON: State College of Florida begins looking for a new president, the Bradenton Herald reports.
ONLINE TESTING: Palm Beach schools need to spend millions to meet the state's computer testing mandate, the Palm Beach Post reports.
SEEKING STUDENTS: Florida Keys Community College seeks to combat declining enrollment, the Keynoter reports.