Florida education news: Science education, school board prayers, cheese sandwiches and more
SCIENCE STRUGGLES: Florida students continue to lag in national science testing, leading educators and business leaders to call for better. In one bright spot, the state's Hispanic students outperform their peers nationally, the Miami Herald reports. (Times photo, Kathleen Flynn)
NO EASY ANSWER: The Hillsborough School Board keeps looking for ways to get teachers more planning time without creating problems for parents and children.
NEW HEALTH CARE MODEL: The Pasco school district will open three health centers for its employees to save both employees and the district money.
HEARING FROM THE KIDS: About 100 Hillsborough County high school students bring their concerns and questions to School Board members.
NOT GOOD ENOUGH: Florida's high ranking in the annual Quality Counts report belies some troubling truths including poor funding for schools, the Lakeland Ledger editorializes.
STILL CUTTING: Lawmakers expect to have to reduce education funding again to come up with a balanced budget, the St. Augustine Record reports.
LET THEM EAT CHEESE: The Lee school district continues its policy of giving a cheese sandwich and a juice box to children whose families are delinquent on lunch room charges, the Fort Myers News Press reports.
NOTHING NEW: Martin School Board members balk at any idea of a new administration building, the Stuart News reports.
ABUSIVE TEACHER: Classroom aides testify that a former Sarasota special education teacher regularly abused students, the Herald-Tribune reports.
STOP PRAYING: Polk's School Board attorney advises members to change their meeting invocation to avoid a lawsuit, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
STICKING AROUND: Seminole superintendent Bill Vogel agrees to stay another 18 months, the Orlando Sentinel reports.