Florida education news: Single-gender schools, Four Loko, To Kill a Mockingbird and more
BIG CHANGES: Pinellas officials consider a new integrated technology program for Countryside High. • Two new Pinellas School Board members might end discussions on merging Lakeview and Gulfport elementary schools.
AT A STANDSTILL: The United School Employees of Pasco declare impasse in contract negotiations over the planned use of federal "Edujobs" funds.
PREPARING FOR THE WORST: Manatee and Sarasota school finance officials offer ideas for how to cope with expected funding shortfalls in 2011-12, the Herald-Tribune reports.
STOCKING UP: Some Florida university students talk about getting a stash of the alcoholic energy drink Four Loko in advance of an anticipated ban, the Miami Herald reports.
APPROPRIATE MATERIAL: The Flagler School Board approves the performance of the play version of To Kill A Mockingbird after some parents and others complain about the book's use of racial slurs, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
ON HOLD: Seminole superintendent Bill Vogel freezes all construction projects after voters reject a sales tax to cover the costs, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
EARN IT: The Alachua School Board denies a controversial six-year member a leadership post, the Gainesville Sun reports.
HIGHER EXPECTATIONS: Four Collier high schools pilot the AVID program with a goal of encouraging more students to go to college, the Naples Daily News reports.
UNDER INVESTIGATION: The Palm Beach School Board orders an audit of superintendent Art Johnson's involvement in a moonlighting scandal, the Palm Beach Post reports.