Florida education news: School transfers, adult education, homeless students and more
BAD TIMING? Pinellas faces some major financial and academic issues at the same time its leadership is in turmoil. (Times photo, Scott Keeler)
GET ME OUTTA HERE: About 10 percent of Dunnellon High's student body uses opportunity scholarship transfers to other Marion schools, the Ocala Star Banner reports.
TOO PRICEY: Palm Beach school officials expect a steep decline in adult education students with the implemenation of new state-mandated fees, the Palm Beach Post reports.
EXTRA NEEDS: Manatee schools see their homeless population rise by almost 50 percent to record levels, the Bradenton Herald reports. • Treasure Coast schools have growing percentages of students applying for free and reduced price meals, the Stuart News reports.
BIG PAYROLL: The Florida Department of Education is paying the salaries of three commissioners and two K-12 chancellors (for a while), the AP reports.
JUMPING SHIP: Two Broward School Board members unexpectedly quit, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
KEEPING CONTROL: The Monroe School Board balances its budget by outsourcing custodial work, staving off state financial oversight, the Keynoter reports.
ANOTHER VOICE: The St. Johns district hires a former aide to Sen. Ronda Storms to be its Tallahassee lobbyist, the St. Augustine Record reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Mike Kooi, executive director of the state Office of Independent Education and Parental Choice.