Florida education news: School supplies, new schools, achievement gap and more
TOUGH TIMES: With unemployment high, many Hernando families find it difficult to afford back-to-school supplies. (Times photo, Ron Thompson)
WHO'S IN CHARGE? Seventeen Pasco schools will start the year with a different principal than they had a year ago.
GETTING READY: Anclote High in Holiday prepares to debut as Pasco's newest high school.
COUNTING ON PARENTS: With money tight, South Florida schools are relying more heavily on donations for supplies. But not all families are made economically equal, the Miami Herald reports.
THANKS FOR NOTHING: Gov. Crist's veto of a gun permit fee costs Florida schools $6 million, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
STIMULUS SUCCESS: Miami-Dade and Broward use the new federal funds to preserve many jobs that otherwise would have been lost, the Miami Herald reports.
SURVEY SAYS ... Lee parents are losing confidence in the district's academic program, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
CLOSING THE GAP: A Jacksonville community group reorganizes to target the area's achievement gap among the races, the Florida Times-Union reports.
CAN'T KEEP UP: The controversial Ben Gamla charter school in Broward, which also teaches in Hebrew, plans to expand to keep up with high demand, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
CONTEMPT CHARGES: Two Santa Rosa school officials are accused of violating a court order banning prayer in the public schools, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
GET YOUR SHOTS. PLEASE: Sarasota schools urge students to get flu vaccines before showing up for class, the Herald-Tribune reports.
GO AHEAD AND DOUBLE DIP: Some Alachua retired educators find a way around the state's laws against double-dipping, the Gainesville Sun reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Pinellas teachers union president Kim Black.