Florida education news: School advisory councils, charter school rules, school closings and more
WHO'S IN CHARGE HERE? Senior Kevin Mangal runs the show as chairman of Wesley Chapel High School's advisory council. (Times photo, Keri Wiginton)
MORE CLOSURES POSSIBLE: Pinellas officials look into shutting more schools to save millions of dollars. Other cuts are also in the works.
CHARTER CHANGES: Tampa-area school lawyers oppose proposed new charter school rules that would make it easier for private companies to make money.
LOOKING GOOD: Hernando teachers union leaders say they're more likely to sign the Race to the Top memorandum of understanding this time around. • Miami-Dade district and union officials have signed off on the deal, the Miami Herald reports.
DUMBING DOWN: Diane Ravitch tells a Boca Raton crowd that the current round of education accountability efforts needs to stop, the Palm Beach Post reports.
UNCERTAIN TIMES: More than 150 Brevard seniors aren't sure whether they'll graduate this week because of delays in FCAT retake results, Florida Today reports.
THREE LEFT: The Polk School Board winnows its field of superintendent candidates, Lakeland's Ledger reports.
BUY LOCAL: The Bay School Board considers giving purchasing preference to local companies in order to keep money flowing in the county, the Panama City News Herald reports.
TOUGH FIGHT: A new poll shows support divided for class size changes in Florida, with the state teachers union preparing to mount a major fight, the St. Augustine Record reports.