Florida education news: SPC president search, virtual school, Race to the Top and more
LOTS OF LETTERS: Outgoing St. Petersburg mayor Rick Baker has more than 130 letters of support, including from some prominent folks, for him to become the next president of St. Petersburg College.
'INSANE' TIME LINE: The Florida Department of Education asks school district leaders to signal their support for its Race to the Top application in short order, leaving many local officials frustrated. More from the Orlando Sentinel.
AT LAST, A NAME: Hernando's new high school will be called Weeki Wachee High.
ON THE MOVE: Hernando's School Board votes to relocate its gifted program over the objections of parents.
ONLINE EDUCATION: Florida ranks No. 1 nationally in virtual schooling, with enrollment high and growing, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
IT'S CONTAGIOUS: Miami Central High, in the past one of Florida's worst performing high schools, turns around its results in the classroom and on the field, the Miami Herald reports.
RAISING STUDENTS' INTERESTS: An alternative high school in Manatee gives students a taste of forensic science to keep them interested in education, the Bradenton Herald reports.
PLEASE INVESTIGATE: The Broward teachers union calls on Gov. Crist to look into problems in the district's transportation department, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
FORGET PORTABLES: The Collier board decides to redraw school attendance zones instead of adding portables to deal with crowding and class size, the Naples Daily News reports.
MAKE ROOM FOR BABY: Duval expands its child-care center for teen moms, the Florida Times-Union reports.
PAY YOU LATER: UF trustees decide to remove the bonuses from president Bernie Machen's contract, but to add some extras to his deal instead, the Gainesville Sun reports.