Florida education news: School arts programs, cell phones, testing and more
REVIVAL: Armwood High School brings back its drama program after a few years on hiatus. (Photo by Monica Bennett)
BACKGROUND CHECKS: A lawn service company gets work with the Hillsborough school district despite having employees with criminal pasts.
HERO: A Pasco school bus driver's quick actions save the life of an eighth grader on her route.
SAFETY: The Hillsborough school district creates a committee to review safety procedures for special education students.
WHO'S NEXT? Ousted Indiana superintendent of public instruction Tony Bennett rises to the top of Florida's wish list for education commissioner, Washington Post columnist Valerie Strauss reports. Another possibility, New Mexico's Hanna Skandera, isn't interested, the Albuquerque Journal reports.
CLOSING TIME: The failure of Brevard's schools sales tax could lead the district to shut down four schools, Florida Today reports.
BYOD: Miami-Dade experiments with allowing students to bring their own technology to school for academic purposes, the Miami Herald reports.
SPECIAL: Immokalee High students pick a schoolmate with special needs as their homecoming king, the Naples Daily News reports.
SAVE THE ARTS: A Volusia mom starts a petition to protect school programs shortly after a district tax referendum fails, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
LOADED: A Palm Beach Gardens High student is arrested with a loaded weapon on campus, the Palm Beach Post reports.
TOO HARD? New graduation testing requirements could keep thousands of Florida high school seniors from getting their diplomas, the Orlando Sentinel reports.