Florida education news: Site-based decisions, inquiry math, an apology for Obama and more
PERFECT: Two Pinellas high schoolers earn a perfect score on their ACT.
WHO'S IN CHARGE? The principal, that's who, as 17 Pinellas schools give site-based decision-making a go.
MATH DEBATE: Seminole parents and educators battle over the value of the "inquiry math" method, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
SORRY, MR. PRESIDENT: A Lee School Board member sends a note to Barack Obama apologizing for his district's decision not to show his back-to-school speech earlier this month, the Cape Coral Daily Breeze reports.
DON'T TOUCH: A Manatee high school teacher is suspended for slapping a student who swore, the Bradenton Herald reports.
BUILDING ANYWAY: Broward plans classroom construction projects at schools that already have plenty of empty seats, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
REALITY CHECK: Brevard proposes adding $30 a month to all employees' insurance premiums, Florida Today reports.
FILLING THE GAP: Parent groups help St. Johns schools make up their funding shortfalls, the St. Augustine Record reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Christine Bramuchi and Kathleen Oropeza, co-founders of a new Florida parent group called Fund Education Now.