Florida education news: School closings, FCAT results, volunteers and more
NO CODA: The esteemed band of Southside Middle plays its final notes as the Pinellas school prepares to close. (Times photo, Cherie Diez)
THEY UNDERSTAND: Suncoast Elementary fifth-graders get some guidance and advice from Springstead High freshmen in a mentoring program.
RATING SCHOOLS: The Orlando Sentinel grades its area high schools using a different method than the state to make it easier for parents to compare them.
OVERWHELMING ODDS: An Escambia principal is forced out after her middle school fails to show academic improvement over her five years, the Pensacola News-Journal reports. Some school improvement experts wonder whether anyone could improve the school.
SEEKING SUCCESS: St. Lucie puts together a committee to look for proven methods in conquering the FCAT, the Fort Pierce Tribune reports.
WHERE IS EVERYONE? Duval leaders question the value of their costly alternative suspension centers as almost none of the students assigned there show up, the Florida Times-Union reports.
A HOPE AND A PRAYER: Florida International University students rally to save their religion department from closure, the Miami Herald reports.
DIMMER FUTURES: Florida college students worry about their ability to pay for school as the Bright Futures scholarship covers less of the cost, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
TIGHTENING THE PURSE STRINGS: Martin's school board seeks to lower the spending limit that administrators may approve without the board's okay, the Stuart News reports.
RENT A BOOK: UF students strapped for cash now can rent textbooks rather than buy them, the Gainesville Sun reports.
THEY DO IT FOR FREE: Volunteers save the Marion school district millions each year, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.