Florida education news: School improvement, gaming lessons, home schooling and more
MAKING STRIDES: Pasco Ridgewood High School works with the Florida Department of Education to get the school off the state's list of bottom 5 percent of schools. (Times photo, Brendan Fitterer)
SMOOTH START: Hernando Weeki Wachee High School gets off to a good first week of classes.
PLAY THE GAME: The University of Florida offers a course in applying the video game Starcraft to 21st-century work place skills, PC World reports.
SCHOOL AT HOME: More than 2,000 Marion County students are home educated, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
WRONG DIRECTION: Florida lawmakers are not putting enough money into higher education as the state's community colleges grow, the Lakeland Ledger editorializes.
NEW VOICE: USF Sarasota-Manatee professor Elizabeth Larkin becomes the new president of the system's Faculty Advisory Council, the Bradenton Herald reports.
SMART MOVE: The Lee school district did the right thing in limiting teacher contact with students through social media sites, the Naples Daily News editorializes.
COLLEGE BOUND: Duval introduces a new pilot project aimed at mentoring middle school students toward higher education, the Florida Times-Union reports.