Florida education news: School fees, college tuition costs, superintendent searches and more
BACK TO SCHOOL: Pinellas school students will see several new academic programs for the 2011-12 school year. • Pasco student fees aren't mandatory, but they help schools cover costs. • Seven new charter schools will open in Hillsborough County. • See these and all our other back to school stories here. (Times photo, Skip O'Rourke)
WHO ARE YOU? A troubled Manatee private school changes names in hopes of revitalizing itself, the Bradenton Herald reports.
ALWAYS COUNT: Two Broward school bus employees face charges after leaving a child with special needs unattended on a bus for four hours, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
COSTLY SEARCH: The Collier School Board spent three times as much money on its superintendent search than Lee's board did, the Naples Daily News reports.
WHAT'S YOUR MAJOR? Students attending Florida public universities better be sure, because new rules will charge them extra for all classes beyond the hours they need to graduate, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
CUT, OR ELSE: Monroe finance officials warn that the district faces a state takeover of its finances if leaders cannot balance the budget, the Keynoter reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Florida Board of Education vice chairman Roberto Martinez.