Florida education news: Schools sales tax holiday, Scientology, prekindergarten class size and more
SETTING PRIORITIES: It's time for Florida to meet its constitutional obligation to its school children, the Times editorializes. The State Board of Education will meet Tuesday to talk about spending. (Times file photo)
SEEKING ASSISTANCE: A financially troubled Pinellas charter school turns to Scientology for a little help.
ALREADY ON SALE: Back to school sales begin before Florida's sales tax holiday, the Sun-Sentinel reports. The tax holiday is too late for some districts, such as Lee, that start sooner, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
FORGET IT: Florida might forego an opportunity to win another $100 million in Race to the Top funds, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
TOP PERFORMERS: University of North Florida education graduates saw their students improve on the FCAT at higher rates than most other state education colleges, the Florida Times-Union reports.
MORE KIDS, LESS SPACE: Florida's voluntary prekindergarten program will have larger class sizes this year, the Stuart News reports.
WORTH IT? Manatee School Board members question future spending on technical students' travel for national competitions, the Herald-Tribune reports.
ENERGY MANAGEMENT: Marion schools save millions by cutting their electricity bills, the Ocala Star Banner reports.
TIME TO CHOOSE: Bay officials notify families in the Mexico Beach community that it will no longer pay for them to travel to a nearby Gulf County school for their education, the Panama City News Herald reports.