Florida education news: school choice, parent trigger, drug testing and more
STUDENT BALANCE: More than Manatee 1,500 students take advantage of school choice, the Bradenton Herald reports.
PROFESSOR PROBLEMS: Florida Atlantic University's "eminent scholars" come under fire as overpaid and underworked, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
JOB SEARCH: Many college students in southwest Florida begin looking for work years before graduation to make themselves competitive, the Naples Daily News reports.
EXTENDED REACH: For the first time, a county other than Lee has the largest number of new students entering Florida Gulf Coast University, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
NO SMOKING: State College of Florida bans tobacco use at its Lakewood Ranch campus and plans to extend the prohibition to all campuses, the Herald Tribune reports.
PARENT TRIGGER: If Florida considers such a law, it might do well to pay attention to California, where the L.A. Times reports that implementation is proving more difficult than getting the bill passed.
DEALING WITH DIVERSITY: Flagler and Volusia schools see their numbers of minority students rise, but struggle to find minority teachers, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
DRUG TESTING: Escambia schools move a step closer to random drug testing of students, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.