Florida education news: School volunteers, Facebook friends, middle school sports and more
JUST YOUR NORMAL TEACHER: Nour Elmohd wears a hijab and practices Islam, but at Hillsborough County's MacFarlane Park Elementary School she not a point of controversy. She's a teacher. (Times photo, Skip O'Rourke)
HELP WANTED: Leaders at Pinellas Gibbs High School seek more parent and community volunteers to help the school shed its poor academic rating. St. Petersburg College president Bill Law says he'll offer any help he can.
PUSH TO THE TOP: Florida school districts and teacher associations begin talking about how they might locally implement the state's Race to the Top plan, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
WHO'S YOUR FRIEND? Questions arise in several Florida school districts whether teachers should have relationships with students on social media sites such as Facebook, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
WHAT'S YOUR SAT SCORE? At Florida Gulf Coast University, it's not that high and it hasn't increased on average over a decade, the Naples Daily News reports.
TAKE A HIKE: The Seminole school district informs dozens of students they're no longer entitled to bus rides, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
WORTH IT? Sarasota middle schools eliminate competitive golf and tennis programs to save money, but some parents whether wonder the savings really amounted to much, the Herald-Tribune reports.