Florida education news: Special education, school construction, homeless students and more
GIVING BACK: Pasco schools special education director Monica Verra-Tirado takes a top state-level post in hopes of paying forward all the blessings that have come her way. (Times photo, Stephen Coddington)
POLITICAL SHOWDOWN: A lack of trust between the Pasco School Board and superintendent Heather Fiorentino will fuel a heated election season, columnist C.T. Bowen writes.
FALLING DOWN: Miami-Dade and Broward schools have billions of dollars worth of undone maintenance and construction needs, the Miami Herald reports. South Florida school board members seek funding to cover some of the costs, the Herald reports. With sidebar on why some schools don't last.
POORER STUDENTS: Florida schools must meet the needs of a rising percentage of students in poverty, the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting reports.
TUITION TUSSLE: Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature are at odds over whether to increase tuition, the Palm Beach Post reports.
LET ME IN: Collier parents use school choice to get their kids out of low-performing schools, the Naples Daily News reports.
SCHOOL SAFETY: The Polk school district and Lake Wales charter school system dispute which must take students with severe behavior problems, the Ledger reports.
OPPOSED: USF Polytechnic faculty ask lawmakers to kill a bill that would give their campus immediate independence, the Ledger reports.