Florida education news: school holidays, layoffs, student uniforms and more
STILL NO CALENDAR: The Hillsborough School Board rejects an academic year calendar that would have made Good Friday a holiday, leaving the calendar unsettled. (Times photo, Willie J. Allen)
LAYOFFS LIKELY: Pasco schools face the prospect of job eliminations as the district fills a $28 million budget hole.
HAND OVER THAT PHONE: Hernando gives teachers and administrators the right to confiscate and search student cell phones as part of a new code of conduct.
CATCH IT ONLINE: Pasco-Hernando Community College will webcast its graduation ceremony so faraway relatives can watch.
GIVE IT BACK: The Lee school district must return nearly $250,000 to the state after an audit discovers discrepancies in per-student funding claims, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
RETHINKING THE RACE: St. Johns school officials are reconsidering whether they want to participate in Florida's Race to the Top efforts, the St. Augustine Record reports.
FIVE FINALISTS: The Polk School Board narrows its field of superintendent candidates to five, the Winter Haven News Chief reports.
AP ON THE RISE: Lee schools see a 73 percent increase in students in Advanced Placement courses, the Cape Coral Daily Breeze reports.
REHIRED: Broward teachers protest as the district rehires a retired principal back to his old job, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
RETHINKING GPA'S: Collier officials say they'll return to the old way of calculating student grade-point averages for this year after failing to notify students of the changes, the Naples Daily News reports.
CHARTER CHALLENGE: A battle is emerging at Boca Raton High, where some seek to convert the school into a charter, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
SCHOOL TAXES: Okaloosa will seek voter approval for a sales tax to support school construction, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
NO PUNISHMENT: A Marion student who videotaped a gym teacher apparently stealing from student lockers won't be disciplined because he didn't catch students changing clothing, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
PRAYER SUIT FILED: The Liberty Counsel challenges an agreement banning prayer in Santa Rosa schools, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
JUST SAY NO: Alachua parents and students speak out against school uniforms, the Gainesville Sun reports.