Florida education news: School reform, science education, digital textbooks and more
NEW ATTITUDE: Pasco's F-rated Gulf Highlands Elementary seeks a fresh start as it pursues improved performance. (Times photo, Brendan Fitterer)
THE RIGHT TIME? John Stewart, considered for Pinellas superintendent in 2003, is the leading candidate to become interim leader in the wake of Julie Janssen's firing.
HIGHER INTEREST: Brevard is among the many school districts seeing growth in charter school applications, Florida Today reports.
SCIENCE SUPPORT: A volunteer group donates time and money to improve science education in Brevard schools, Florida Today reports. • A Manatee high school uses Race to the Top funds to create a biomedical sciences program, the Bradenton Herald reports.
VIRTUAL LEARNING: Palm Beach schools encourage students to take online courses to help with class size control, the Palm Beach Post reports. One family says it prefers this option because it reduces distractions and bullying, the Post reports. • University of Florida students have a growing number of digital textbook choices, the Gainesville Sun reports.
ITALIAN SPOKEN HERE: Miami-Dade opens a new international studies school that focuses on the national curricula of Italy, Spain and France, the Miami Herald reports.
GOT FRAUD? The Monroe school district launches a hotline for people to report waste, abuse and fraud in the system, the Keynoter reports.
TOO MANY STUDENTS: St. Johns looks for ways to serve its largest enrollment ever without extra money to add classrooms, the St. Augustine Record reports.
CAFETERIA REVAMP: Alachua changes its menu and the atmosphere of high school lunch rooms after listening to student views, the Gainesville Sun reports.