Florida education news: Smoking at school, school choice, charter school closings and more
NO SMOKING: The Pasco school district considers whether to stop hiring smokers, or to ban tobacco use on district grounds. (AP photo)
THREE CHOICES: And they all involve ways to dump Pinellas superintendent Julie Janssen. The School Board will consider them on Aug. 23.
SPEAKING OF EVALUATIONS: The Hillsborough School Board takes a hard look at superintendent MaryEllen Elia's performance.
THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES: Longtime Pasco residents reminisce about Richey Elementary School as the district begins replacing it.
RECORD REQUESTS: New Florida law leads to a quadrupling of opportunity scholarship transfers in Duval, the Florida Times-Union reports.
GET US OUT OF HERE: Large numbers of Polk school employees retire rather than face new pension laws, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
PTA PRACTICES: The Broward school district examines the money-handling policies of its school parent-teacher groups, the Miami Herald reports.
CHOICE CHANGES? The Lee School Board decides not to end elementary school choice options after learning the extra busing actually saves the district money, the Naples Daily News reports.
NEED SOME LAND IN MANATEE? The Manatee School Board is selling property to pad its budget, the Herald-Tribune reports.
YOU'RE FIRED: Broward fires two educators accused of harming children, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
BUDGET CUTS: Flagler schools cut bus stops and routes to save about $300,000, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. • Marion plans to drop after-school and summer credit recovery programs, the Ocala Star Banner reports.
SHUT IT DOWN: The Orange school district looks into closing a charter school for financial mismanagement, the Orlando Sentinel reports.