Florida education news: School texting, wasteful spending, sick time and more
C-U THERE: Hoping to do a better job of reaching students and parents with news, Pasco County's Wiregrass Ranch High School turns to texting. (Times photo, Stephen J. Coddington)
LICENSING LOOPHOLE: The Pasco-Hernando Early Learning Coalition pushes for change to a rule that allows some child care centers to go unregulated.
PAY UP: Former teachers of the now-closed Pinellas County Jewish Day School sue for back pay.
HARD TIMES: Florida school district leaders need to find ways to eliminate wasteful spending, the Northwest Florida Daily News editorializes.
EXTENSION: The State Board of Education gives Duval school officials an extra month to revise their plan to improve the district's most struggling schools, the Florida Times-Union reports.
BIG MONEY: Palm Beach superintendent Art Johnson stands to receive more than $150,000 in unused vacation and sick time regardless of his exit deal, the Palm Beach Post reports.
CRAMPED QUARTERS: Daytona State College has only half the classrooms and labs it needs to meet demands, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
UTILITY WARS: The Alachua School Board remains in a battle with Gainesville Regional Utilities over electric rates, the Gainesville Sun reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Michelle Rhee, CEO of StudentsFirst and informal education adviser to Florida Gov. Rick Scott.