Florida education news: Saggy pants, school vouchers, FCAT problems and more
PULL UP YOUR PANTS: The Pasco School Board prepares to adopt new, stricter penalties for students who wear their pants too low.
OPPORTUNITY TO GET OUT: Thousands more Florida students have access to "opportunity scholarships" this year because of changed eligibility requirements. The new rules cause some wacky results in practice, Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Thomas writes.
BALLOT BATTLE: The Florida Education Association sues to remove from the 2012 ballot a proposal to eliminate "religious aid" provisions from the state constitution.
GONE, FINALLY: A Pinellas teacher who sparked decades of complaints retires.
MORE CHARTER SCHOOLS: About 20 new charter schools look to open in Orange County, CFNews13.com reports.
PENT-UP DEMAND: Students fill new bachelor's degree programs at College of Central Florida as soon as they open, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
FORCED OUT: Three Duval teachers say they were fired because they failed to properly administer the FCAT — something they say they weren't trained to do, News4Jax.com reports.
NO BIG DEAL — YET: Manatee school officials can't get too worked up about Gov. Rick Scott's talk of further budget cuts for 2012-13, the Bradenton Herald reports.
FIX OUR FOOD: Students at Oak Ridge High in Orange County demand better cafeteria choices, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
CHEERLEADING CHAOS: A brouha over a Palm Beach high school's cheerleader selection process highlights racial issues that still plague society, Sun-Sentinel columnist Michael Mayo writes.