Florida education news: School prayer, parent trigger, home schooling and more
MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Former Strayer University owner Ronald Bailey uses his millions to give college scholarships to Tampa Bay students. (Times photo, James Borchuck)
NO PLACE FOR PRAYER: The Florida Legislature should stop a push to allow "inspirational messages" in public schools, the Times editorializes.
TURN IT OFF: Alachua schools save thousands with energy conservation, the Gainesville Sun reports.
KEEP CLASSES FUN: Teachers at a Pensacola elementary school say engaging students is a secret to success, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
PARENT TRIGGER: Treasure Coast education officials raise concerns about a bill that would give parents more power over school improvement options, the Fort Pierce Tribune reports.
CONSTRUCTION FUNDS: Florida lawmakers are reluctant to discuss ways to put more money into school and university facilities needs, the Miami Herald reports.
SURPRISE CANDIDATE: A man who was an afterthought to serve as Palm Beach interim superintendent suddenly rises to the top of the pack for the full-time job, the Palm Beach Post reports.
DRESS CODE: Volusia school district officials consider amending their already relaxed dress code, which they say has resulted in fewer violations and distractions, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
COME TOGETHER: Parent volunteers teach courses to a growing number of Polk home school students, the Ledger reports.
KILLING THE COMMUNITY: School closures threaten to rip the fabric of some Seminole County neighborhoods, the Orlando Sentinel reports.