Florida education news: School vouchers, teacher layoffs, free lunches and more
RESET THE ALARM CLOCKS: Hernando schools prepare to have new start times in the fall to save about $750,000 in busing costs.
VOUCHERS HELP: A new study indicates that the competition created by Florida's voucher system led to academic gains in the public schools.
GRAD NOTES: Land O'Lakes seniors helped shape Sunlake High • Hernando adult graduate pursued diploma over decades • East Hillsborough valedictorians and salutatorians • South Tampa area valedictorians and salutatorians • North Hillsborough valedictorians and salutatorians
STILL IN: Manatee County's competitor in the national spelling bee survives Day 1, the Bradenton Herald reports.
LABOR NEWS: Nearly 700 Broward teachers put on a surplus list must wait to find out if they'll still be employed in 2010-11, the Sun-Sentinel reports. • Volusia lets go 40 workers, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
37 MONTHS: Former Broward School Board member Beverly Gallagher gets three years and a month in jail for her public corruption conviction, the Miami Herald reports.
HANDS ON: A Collier elementary school creates its own "oil spill" to give students a more accessible lesson about what could happen to their beaches, the Naples Daily News reports.
SNAKES AND RATS AND MOLD: Oh my. A group of Palm Beach parents tell their School Board that their schools have been neglected too long and deserve immediate attention, the Palm Beach Post reports.
FREE LUNCH: The number of St. John's students qualifying for free and reduced price meals continues to rise, the St. Augustine Record reports.
THE DECISION IS FINAL: Alachua high school students protest plans to require uniforms but find an unwillingness to change the new rule, the Gainesville Sun reports.