Florida education news: School taxes, scholarships, higher education reform and more
WATCHFUL EYE: A citizens committee keeps tabs of how Pinellas schools spend voter-approved tax funds, and its reports could swing the district's request to renew the tax. (Times photo, Chris Zuppa)
STILL SCRAMBLING: Hillsborough school officials keep working to meet scholarship commitments made to students in the district's Urban Teaching program.
FRESH IDEAS: Gov. Rick Scott creates a task force to look for ways to improve Florida's higher education system.
AFFORDING COLLEGE: Florida families explore options to help them cover college costs, the Miami Herald reports.
CONFLICT: A Florida State College at Jacksonville administrator is criticized for also holding a second position in a company that sold materials to the college, the Florida Times-Union reports.
COMPLAINT: A former Martin School Board member calls for sanctions against the district superintendent for getting help to pass a certification exam, the Stuart News reports.
EMPTY HALLS: A Flagler high school sees absenteeism spike amid rumors a gang fight was coming, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
NEW JOB: Indian River's School Board chairman says his post with Osceola schools won't affect his work for Indian River, the Vero Beach Press-Journal reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for the continuation of an interview with Florida education commissioner Gerard Robinson.