Florida education news: School Board elections, Race to the Top, Bible distribution and more
ELECTION NEWS: Incumbent Hillsborough School Board member Jennifer Faliero loses her re-election bid. • Pinellas School Board incumbents lead their races. • All three Pasco School Board seats face runoff elections in November. • Two of three Hernando School Board incumbents win re-election, with a third headed to a runoff.
BACK TO SCHOOL: Pinellas Fairmount Park Elementary faces big challenges as classes resume. • Hillsborough schools open to slightly higher enrollment, leaving class size questions unanswered. • Hernando schools have fewer bus problems on the second day of school. • Pinellas Ponce de Leon Elementary welcomes teary kindergarteners.
RACE TO THE TOP: Florida wins $700 million in the second round of the federal education reform grant. Next up -- local negotiations on how to use the funds.
CAN'T STOP THE MUSIC: Pasco's high school marching bands get ready for their first performances of the year.
WHERE'S THE BUS? A computer glitch puts inactive school bus stops on Manatee's list, leaving lots of kids standing and waiting, the Bradenton Herald reports.
SCHOOL SUPPLIES: Nonprofits continue to help poor Miami-Dade students get what they need for school, the Miami Herald reports.
FREE BIBLES? A judge orders mediation for the Collier school district and a local Christian group that wants to give away Bibles at local middle and high schools, the Naples Daily News reports.
NO, YES NEW TAXES: Okaloosa voters reject a sales tax for school construction projects, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports. • Bay voters approve a sales tax for school construction projects, the Panama City News Herald reports.