Florida education news: School rezoning, vouchers, Michelle Rhee and more
NO BREAK: Hillsborough high school students return to school to face midterm exams, putting more pressure on to study during winter vacation, columnist Marlene Sokol writes. (Times file photo)
REZONING: About 900 Pinellas County students are expected to change schools as the district redraws attendance boundaries.
MAJOR CHANGES: Florida is among several states dealing with policy and financial challenges under new leaders, Education Week reports.
WAIT AND SEE: Florida education leaders and lawmakers suggest that the 2011 session isn't big enough for choice and teacher quality issues, so they're waiting to see which issue Gov. Rick Scott champions, the AP reports.
CHOICE, BUT VERIFY: Florida needs to have more accountability for the private schools that accept state vouchers, Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Thomas writes.
STICKING WITH RHEE: Gov. Rick Scott announces that former D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee will be his informal education adviser, the AP reports.
PHONE FIGHT: Eleven students were arrested after a fight in their Broward high school cafeteria, the Miami Herald reports.
MORE OPTIONS: The Palm Beach School Board wants to reduce student out-of-school suspensions while also making schools safer, the Palm Beach Post reports.