Florida education news: School textbooks, student arrests, drug tests and more
NO MORE TEXTBOOKS? The Florida Department of Education presents a five-year plan to move the state's schools to all digital content. (Times file photo)
ARRESTS ON THE RISE: Pinellas Park Middle School sees student misbehavior worsen.
MONEY WOES: The Pasco school district begins looking for ways to cut as much as $60 million in spending.
FOLLOWING FLORIDA: Oregon leaders consider adopting Florida-style education programs, the Oregonian reports. • Arizona lawmakers ponder school grades, reading coaches and other ideas from Florida, the Arizona Republic reports.
READING IS FUNDAMENTAL: Black men encourage some Broward elementary school black boys to always read, the Miami Herald reports.
CLASS SIZE LIMITS: Collier school officials alert parents and students that some courses might not be available next year because of class size restrictions, the Naples Daily News reports.
LABOR NEWS: Lee schools imposes a hiring freeze in an attempt to reduce spending cuts, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. • Palm Beach teachers protest their lack of raises, the Palm Beach Post reports.
RANDOM TESTING: The Escambia School Board considers whether to randomly test students for drugs, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.