Florida education news: School grades, parent empowerment, school prayer and more
GRADING NEW SCHOOLS: Pasco school district leaders question the value of giving grades to brand new high schools that don't meet all the grading criteria.
SCHOOL PRAYER: Florida lawmakers once again take up the perennially divisive and never passed issue of expanding school prayer opportunities for students.
POWER TO THE PARENTS? Florida's proposed "Parent Empowerment Act" begins to draw opposition in Duval County, First Coast News reports.
FINANCIAL AID: Duval schools bring in tutors to help high school seniors learn about financial support for higher education, the Florida Times-Union reports.
LABOR NEWS: Edison State College faculty and trustees begin mediation over long-stalled salary talks, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
GOING IT ALONE: USF officials pledge to move ahead with independence for the Polytechnic campus, the Ledger reports.
GRAND THEFT: A Palm Beach schools employee is arrested and charged with stealing copper wiring from the district, the Palm Beach Post reports.
NOT THEIR FIRST TIME: Two girls involved in a Marion school bus beating were also part of a separate school fight earlier in the year, the Gainesville Sun reports.