Florida education news: School vouchers, Advanced Placement, class size fines and more
NO VOUCHERS FOR ALL: Florida Gov. Rick Scott backs off his "education savings account" plan, instead focusing his efforts on expanding other forms of school choice.
ON THE RISE: Florida's Advanced Placement performance continues to improve, ranking among the top nationally.
WHERE TO GRADUATE: Five Pasco high schools relocate their graduation ceremonies to the Tampa Convention Center.
WHAT STUDENTS WANT: Hernando officials give students a chance to name their new school and pick its mascot.
BAD IDEA: The Pinellas school district should not rate teachers on the state grade assigned to their school, the Times editorializes.
SHRINKING POOL: Florida school districts have already laid off thousands of employees in the past three years, leaving questions about how to efficiently cut more spending, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
CLASS SIZE PLAN: The Palm Beach School Board adopts a plan to avoid most of the penalties associated with its failure to meet class size rules, the Palm Beach Post reports.
FIGHT THE POWER: Volusia School Board leaders push back against Gov. Rick Scott's education budget slashing proposals, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
READY TO GO: Palm Beach superintendent Art Johnson says he's prepared to resign rather than face a board vote on whether to fire him, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
ADVOCATING FOR ALL: A Florida lawmaker proposes changing the makeup of the Miami-Dade School Board to have some at-large members, the Miami Herald reports.
NO FREE LUNCH: Lee schools reduce cafeteria debts by providing only cheese sandwiches to students who forget their money, the Naples Daily News reports.
WHAT TO CUT: Indian River school officials listen to resident ideas for cutting expenses, the Vero Beach Press-Journal reports.