Florida education news: Silly Bandz, cell phones, class size and more
HCC'S OLDEST GRADUATE: At 73, Mary Bramel is Hillsborough Community College's oldest graduate this year. She now joins the Sun City Center volunteer emergency medical squad. (Times photo, Skip O'Rourke)
SILLY BANDZ: Some Hillsborough school principals ban the latest fad from campus as a distraction, while others let it be.
TECH TIME: Florida lawmakers allow school districts the option of spending leftover textbook funds on educational software.
PASS THE TAX: The Pasco School Board should adopt a 0.25 mill property tax for critical operating needs, the Times editorializes. • The Broward School Board agrees to impose such a tax, as well as reduce employee benefits, as it begins planning its budget, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
STAKEHOLDER SUPPORT: The Florida Education Association signals its acceptance of the state's new Race to the Top memorandum of understanding, the St. Augustine Record reports.
SMOKERS NEED NOT APPLY: Manatee schools consider a ban on hiring smokers as a way to save medical expenses, the Bradenton Herald reports.
NO FUNDS: FAMU drops plans to take over a Jacksonville dental clinic when the money doesn't materialize for the university's planned dental school, the Florida Times-Union reports.
HAND IT OVER - OR ELSE: A Bay County middle schooler is taken to the floor and arrested in the cafeteria after refusing to give up her cell phone, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
CLASS SIZE FIGHT: Some Polk School Board members challenge Rep. Kelli Stargel over a last-minute move to shield charter schools from the class-size amendment, the Lakeland Ledger reports.