Florida education news: reading lessons, veteran teachers, superintendent salaries and more
C IS FOR CARING: And cookies. That's the lesson some Pinellas preschoolers learned as they studied their alphabet and Haiti. (Photo special to the Times)
RETRAINING OPTIONS: Pasco County's Marchman Technical Education Center opens its doors to more adults by offering federal financial aid. • Brevard Community College tests out a 12-week accelerated semester to help adult students get into new professions more easily, Florida Today reports.
MORE KIDS CAN READ: Former Florida governor Jeb Bush claims that the percentage of Florida fourth-graders reading has increased under the state's reform package. Politifact rates his claim Mostly True.
IN THE MIX: Newly elected state Sen. David Simmons of Seminole County talks with the Orlando Sentinel about his views on Florida education policy.
EXPERIENCE COUNTS: Lee County schools with more veteran teaching staffs have better student results, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
DOUBLE STANDARD: Rick Scott's proposal to give vouchers to all Florida students does not suggest accountability for all, Palm Beach Post columnist Jac Wilder VerSteeg writes.
NO SIMPLE SOLUTION: Manatee County teachers receive training on how to help homeless students, the Bradenton Herald reports.
HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH: The Lee County School Board ponders the right salary range to attract a top-notch new superintendent, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
FACING FINES: Several Florida school districts get word how much they must pay in class size penalties, the Sun-Sentinel reports.