Florida education news: Rick Scott at school, pre-k, block scheduling and more
SCHOOL LESSONS: Gov. Rick Scott visits Carwise Middle School in Pinellas to hear teachers and parents talk about public education. In visiting three Florida schools, Scott promoted his effort to put $1 billion back into the education budget, money that won't go far, the Palm Beach Post reports. (Times photo, James Borchuck)
HELPING HAND: USF offers to support the students in Hillsborough's Urban Teaching Academy who were promised college scholarships.
WHO MATTERS MOST? Gov. Rick Scott should listen to what USF Polytechnic students want before deciding whether to give the school its independence, columnist John Romano writes.
MCKAY CONCERNS: Parents at Zephyrhills Christian Academy file a complaint that children receiving McKay scholarships were not given the education they were promised, WTSP reports.
BIG, BAD: A new national report rates Florida's prekindergarten program as having the worst quality in the country, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
SEARCHING: Duval officials seek public input as they begin looking for a new superintendent, the Florida Times-Union reports.
FOR SALE: The Manatee School Board puts some of its choice real estate on the market, the Herald-Tribune reports.
JOB CUTS: The Palm Beach district will eliminate 36 positions as it continues to trim its expenses, the Palm Beach Post reports.
SEVEN PERIOD DAYS: Bay high schools dump block scheduling to save close to $2 million, the Panama City News Herald reports.