Florida education news: School crowding, college license plates, advanced Chinese courses and more
WORKING ON IT: Pinellas transportation officials continue to field angry calls from parents upset about their school bus stops. They make no promises to fix the problems before school begins. • If you do have a bus route, here are some tips for safe riding. (Times file photo)
SET TO GO: Hillsborough superintendent MaryEllen Elia says communication is key as the new school year begins.
YOU'RE NOT FIRED: Pasco teacher Jeffrey Bush, accused of choking a student, wins his appeal to keep his job.
NO MORE ROOM: Hernando Nature Coast High grows crowded as it meets the School Board's mandate to accept everyone on its waiting list.
MOMS STEAL FROM KIDS: Two Bay moms are arrested on accusations of bilking their elementary school PTO out of thousands, the Panama City News Herald reports.
SUPPORT THAT ALMA MATER: Sales of college license plates continues to rise in Florida, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
BUDGET CUTS FORCE CHANGES: Lee and Collier schools see changes big and small as they work to do more with less, the Naples Daily News reports.
SICK IN YOUR DORM ROOM? Florida universities prepare to care for students who catch the swine flu, the Palm Beach Post reports.
GOOD LUCK: Some Martin high school students are about to become some of the first in Florida to take Mandarin Chinese 5, the Stuart News reports.
THAT'S AMAZING: The Hobo mascot of Laurel Hill School in the Panhandle wins praise as the "most amazing" school mascot, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
MORE FREE LUNCHES: The number of South Florida students eligible for free meals is on the rise, the Miami Herald reports.
NOT GUILTY: A Santa Rosa school district clerk didn't violate an anti-prayer order, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Belinda Pope, instructional media specialist at Pasco's Sand Pine Elementary School.