Florida education news: School choice, free breakfast, merit pay and more
TRANSFORMATION: New additions give the USF St. Petersburg campus a more real college feel. (Times photo, Scott Keeler)
ACCESSIBILITY IS KEY: Hernando's new superintendent pledges better communication with the community.
BAD MEMORIES: The arrest of a former Pinellas teacher in New York brings back the past for his one-time students here.
PICKY, PICKY: Manatee schools market their special programs as families make their attendance choices for next year, the Bradenton Herald reports.
LAYOFFS COMING? Budget shortfalls could cause Broward schools to lay off more than 400 employees, the Miami Herald reports.
DO YOU WANT O.J. WITH THAT? Lee schools provide free breakfast for all students, after finding that children who have eaten a healthy breakfast perform better academically, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
BIG CHANGES: Florida lawmakers plan major education policy shifts this session, hoping to make students more competitive, the Herald-Tribune reports.
GETTING UP TO SPEED: Bay prepares to open an alternative middle school for students who are falling behind, the Panama City News Herald reports.
READY FOR AN INFLUX: Monroe schools get ready for Haitian earthquake refugees, but so far few have arrived, the Keynoter reports.
WEDGE ISSUE: Many Florida teachers fear the fallout of having them compete for raises, while state leaders see it as a way to improve teacher quality, the Orlando Sentinel reports.