Florida education news: School lunches, high-stakes testing, student prayer and more
TASTE TEST: About 200 Hillsborough students rate new items for next year's cafeteria menu. (Times photo, Willie Allen Jr.)
SWAP SHOP: Pinellas schools put their surplus items online for employees around the district to see if they want anything there.
50 AND COUNTING: Florida's universities are suffering the price of being cheap in faculty departures, the Times editorializes.
ON BEYOND FCAT: The Indian River School Board joins the list of groups signing on to a resolution pushing for less reliance on high-stakes testing, the Vero Beach Press-Journal reports.
TAKE EFFECT: Florida school districts will have the authority to allow student prayer after July 1, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
MODERN TIMES: Edison State College updates its certificate and degree programs, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
LABOR NEWS: St. Lucie school employees will see a 3 percent pay reduction, the St. Lucie News-Tribune reports.
PAYOFF: State College of Florida finds a solution to concerns a charter school on its campus could not repay loaned startup funds, the Bradenton Herald reports.
DEMOTED: The Broward School Board grapples with an unpopular decision to demote a high school assistant principal, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
CONTENT MATTERS: The Palm Beach school district refuses to purchase new social studies textbooks that one School Board member says poorly depict African-American history, the Palm Beach Post reports.
SHORTFALL: The Volusia School Board will ask voters to approve a local property tax increase to support school operations, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. • The Seminole School Board proposes a similar new tax for voter consideration, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
OUTSOURCING: The Bay School Board narrowly votes to privatize its food services in hopes of improving its bottom line, the Panama City News Herald reports.
PREPARED: Polk district leaders draft an improvement plan under the expectation that several school grades will drop in Florida's accountability system, the Ledger reports.
FUND RAISING: The Orange School Board allows schools to use some instructional time for fund raising activities, the Orlando Sentinel reports.